[ koh-lee-uh-rahy-zuh, kol-ee- ]
/ ˌkoʊ li əˈraɪ zə, ˌkɒl i- /
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noun, plural co·le·o·rhi·zae [koh-lee-uh-rahy-zee, kol-ee-]. /ˌkoʊ li əˈraɪ zi, ˌkɒl i-/. Botany.
the sheath that envelops the radicle in certain plants and that is penetrated by the root in germination.
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Origin of coleorhiza

1865–70; <New Latin <Greek koleó(n) sheath, scabbard + rhízaroot1
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British Dictionary definitions for coleorhiza

/ (ˌkɒlɪəˈraɪzə) /

noun plural -zae (-ziː)
a protective sheath around the radicle in grasses

Word Origin for coleorhiza

C19: from New Latin, from Greek koleon sheath + rhiza root
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