[ kawrm ]
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  1. an enlarged, fleshy, bulblike base of a stem, as in the crocus.

Origin of corm

1820–30; <New Latin cormus<Greek kormós a tree trunk with boughs lopped off, akin to keírein to cut off, hew

Other words from corm

  • cormlike, adjective
  • cormoid, adjective
  • cormous, adjective

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How to use corm in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for corm


/ (kɔːm) /

  1. an organ of vegetative reproduction in plants such as the crocus, consisting of a globular stem base swollen with food and surrounded by papery scale leaves: Compare bulb (def. 1)

Origin of corm

C19: from New Latin cormus, from Greek kormos tree trunk from which the branches have been lopped

Derived forms of corm

  • cormous, adjective

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Scientific definitions for corm


[ kôrm ]

  1. A fleshy underground stem that is similar to a bulb but stores its food as stem tissue and has fewer and thinner leaflike scales. The crocus and gladiolus produce new shoots from corms. Compare bulb rhizome runner tuber.

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