rhizomorph

noun
rhi·​zo·​morph | \ ˈrīzəˌmȯrf \

Definition of rhizomorph

1 : an aggregation of fungal threads intertwining like the strands of a rope that frequently resembles a root and is characteristic of many basidiomycetes (as Armillaria mellea)
2 [rhiz- + -morph] : the lower part of the short cormoid axis from which the true roots develop in members of the genus Isoetes and various other lower vascular plants

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Other Words from rhizomorph

rhizomorphic \ ¦⸗⸗¦mȯrfik \ adjective

History and Etymology for rhizomorph

New Latin rhizomorpha, from rhiz- + -morpha, feminine singular of -morphus -morphous

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“Rhizomorph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhizomorph. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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