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[koh-lee-uh-rahy-zuh, kol-ee-]
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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.
  1. 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 + rhíza root1
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British Dictionary definitions for coleorhiza


noun plural -zae (-ziː)
  1. a protective sheath around the radicle in grasses
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Word Origin

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