rhizome

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noun rhi·zome \ˈrī-ˌzōm\

Definition of rhizome

  1. :  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

rhizomic

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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


RHIZOME Defined for English Language Learners

rhizome

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Definition of rhizome for English Language Learners

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


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rhizome

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noun rhi·zome \ˈrī-ˌzōm\

Medical Definition of rhizome

  1. :  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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