- a rootlike subterranean stem, commonly horizontal in position, that usually produces roots below and sends up shoots progressively from the upper surface.
Origin of rhizome
Related Words for rhizomeorigin, heart, stuff, foundation, essence, soul, stem, source, seed, footing, groundwork, seat, motive, nub, ground, basis, provenance, germ, fountain, bedrock
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They are increased by division of the stem or rhizome, or by seeds.The Book of Bulbs
The rhizome, which is the officinal part, though yellow in the recent root, becomes of a dark yellowish-brown by age.
Scales of rhizome and stipes narrow, of firm texture and with thick-walled cells.
Rhizome short with membranous, orange or brown scales having a few bluntish teeth on each edge.
Oleum zingiberis, L. From the dried root (rhizome) of Zingiber officinale, or ginger of commerce.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- a thick horizontal underground stem of plants such as the mint and iris whose buds develop new roots and shootsAlso called: rootstock, rootstalk
Word Origin for rhizome
1832, from Modern Latin rhizoma, from Greek rhizoma "mass of tree roots," from rhizoun "cause to strike root, root into the ground, plant," from rhiza "root," probably from PIE *wrad- "branch, root" (cf. Latin radix "root," Old Norse rot "root," Old English wyrt "plant, herb;" see radish).
- A plant stem that grows horizontally under or along the ground and often sends out roots and shoots. New plants develop from the shoots. Ginger, iris, and violets have rhizomes. Also called rootstock Compare bulb corm runner tuber.