caudex

[kaw-deks]
noun, plural cau·di·ces [kaw-duh-seez] /ˈkɔ dəˌsiz/, cau·dex·es. Botany.
  1. the main stem of a tree, especially a palm or tree fern.
  2. the woody or thickened persistent base of an herbaceous perennial.

Origin of caudex

1820–30; < Latin: tree trunk; cf. codex
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caudex

noun plural -dices (-dɪˌsiːz) or -dexes
  1. the thickened persistent stem base of some herbaceous perennial plants
  2. the woody stem of palms and tree ferns

Word Origin for caudex

C19: from Latin
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caudex in Science

caudex

[kôdĕks′]
  1. The thickened, usually underground base of the stem of many perennial herbaceous plants, from which new leaves and flowering stems arise.
  2. The trunk of a palm or tree fern.
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