rootcap

[ root-kap, root- ]
/ ˈrutˌkæp, ˈrʊt- /

noun Botany.

the loose mass of epidermal cells covering the apex of most roots, serving to protect the meristematic cells behind it.

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Origin of rootcap

First recorded in 1875–80; root1 + cap1
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British Dictionary definitions for rootcap

root cap

noun

a hollow cone of loosely arranged cells that covers the growing tip of a root and protects it during its passage through the soil
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Scientific definitions for rootcap

root cap

A thimble-shaped mass of cells that covers and protects the root tip of plants. Also called calyptra
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