Definition of rhizome
: a somewhat elongated usually horizontal subterranean plant stem that is often thickened by deposits of reserve food material, produces shoots above and roots below, and is distinguished from a true root in possessing buds, nodes, and usually scalelike leaves
rhizomicplay \rī-ˈzō-mik, -ˈzä-\ adjective
Recent Examples of rhizome from the web
Real wasabi is damned expensive—about $70 a half-pound for the rhizome, the most potent part—and thus a tough pill to swallow for sushi houses that are expected to provide unlimited complementary scoops of green sinus slayer.
After a final sale of rhizomes at the family garden in New Jersey, on September 3, Stan and Sandy packed the collection into Stan’s minivan and headed south.
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Origin and Etymology of rhizome
New Latin rhizomat-, rhizoma, from Greek rhizōmat-, rhizōma mass of roots, from rhizoun to cause to take root, from rhiza root — more at root
First Known Use: 1833
RHIZOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rhizome for English Language Learners
botany : a thick plant stem that grows underground and has shoots and roots growing from it
Medical Definition of rhizome
: a usually horizontal subterranean plant stem that is distinguished from a true root in possessing buds, nodes, and usually scalelike leaves
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