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
These spreading bamboos move by thick underground stems called rhizomes, which can grow over 100 feet from the original planting.
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.
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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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