prop root

noun Botany.

an adventitious root that supports the plant, as the aerial roots of the mangrove tree or of corn.

Origin of prop root

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called brace root. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prop root

prop root


a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves
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Science definitions for prop root

prop root

[ prŏp ]

An aerial root that arises from a stem or trunk, penetrates the soil, and helps support the stem, as in mangroves.
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