prop root


noun Botany.

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

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Also called brace root.

Origin of prop root

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for prop root

prop root

noun

a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves
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Scientific 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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