[ jee-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈdʒi əˌfaɪt /
a plant propagated by means of underground buds.
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OTHER WORDS FROM geophytege·o·phyt·ic [jee-uh-fit-ik], /ˌdʒi əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geophyte
/ (ˈdʒiːəʊˌfaɪt) /
a perennial plant that propagates by means of buds below the soil surface
Derived forms of geophytegeophytic (ˌdʒiːəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for geophyte
[ jē′ə-fīt′ ]
A perennial plant with an underground food storage organ, such as a bulb, tuber, corm, or rhizome. The parts of the plant that grow above ground die away during adverse conditions, as in winter or during the dry season, and grow again from buds that are on or within the underground portion when conditions improve. Crocuses and tulips are geophytes.
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