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chamaephyte

[kam-uh-fahyt]
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noun Botany.
  1. a plant having dormant vegetative buds at, or slightly above, ground level.

Origin of chamaephyte

1910–15; < Greek chamaí on the ground + -phyte
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British Dictionary definitions for chamaephyte

chamaephyte

noun
  1. a plant whose buds are close to the ground

Word Origin

C20: from Greek khamai on the ground + -phyte
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