my·​cor·​rhi·​za | \ˌmī-kə-ˈrī-zə \
plural mycorrhizae\-​ˌzē \ also mycorrhizas

Definition of mycorrhiza 

: the symbiotic association of the mycelium of a fungus with the roots of a seed plant

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mycorrhizal \-​zəl \ adjective

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And perhaps more important, as plants pull carbon from the air, their roots inject some of it into the soil, feeding microorganisms and fungi called mycorrhiza. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 There are many relationships between plants, insects and soil organisms specific to each community; one very specific and important relationship to the community is mycorrhiza. Patrice Hanlon, The Mercury News, "Your poinsettias doesn’t have to die," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of mycorrhiza

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mycorrhiza

New Latin, from myc- + Greek rhiza root — more at root

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The first known use of mycorrhiza was in 1886

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