rhizome

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rhi·zome

(rī'zōm),
The creeping underground stem of some plants (for example, iris, calamus, and sanguinaria).
[G. rhizōma, mass of roots, fr. rhiza, root, + -oma, mass]

rhizome

an underground plant stem, growing more or less horizontally, that usually has roots on its underside and bears buds.

rhizome

a horizontal underground stem (with leaves and buds) that serves as a storage organ and a means of VEGETATIVE PROPAGATION. Rhizomes are found in flowering plants such as Iris.

rhizome (rīˑ·zōm),

n root system of some perennial plants; consists of roots that grow horizontally; may also bear scales and nodes.

rhizome

an underground plant stem that develops roots and leaves at nodes along its length, e.g. in bracken, Sorghum halepense.
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