my·​cor·​rhi·​za | \ ˌmī-kə-ˈrī-zə How to pronounce mycorrhiza (audio) \
plural mycorrhizae\ ˌmī-​kə-​ˈrī-​ˌzē How to pronounce mycorrhiza (audio) \ also mycorrhizas

Definition of mycorrhiza

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

Other Words from mycorrhiza

mycorrhizal \ ˌmī-​kə-​ˈrī-​zəl How to pronounce mycorrhiza (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mycorrhiza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 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, 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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“Mycorrhiza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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