rhizome

noun
rhi·​zome | \ ˈrī-ˌzōm How to pronounce rhizome (audio) \

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

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Other Words from rhizome

rhizomic \ rī-​ˈzō-​mik How to pronounce rhizomic (audio) , -​ˈzä-​ \ adjective

Examples of rhizome in a Sentence

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Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather cools, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow strong. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Hill the Soil Like Irish potatoes, ginger rhizomes will burst through the soil and turn green in the sun. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Turmeric is grown from rhizomes, fleshy root-like structures. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 Commercial growers boost yields by watering regularly and hilling the rhizomes once a month. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 Grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Tips to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall," 24 Aug. 2018 January and February are the months for digging up rhizomes for replanting, Townsend said. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "How do you grow your own hops for home brewing?," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rhizome

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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rhizome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rhizome

botany : a thick plant stem that grows underground and has shoots and roots growing from it

rhizome

noun
rhi·​zome | \ ˈrī-ˌzōm How to pronounce rhizome (audio) \

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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