rootcap

[ root-kap, root- ]

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

Origin of rootcap

1
First recorded in 1875–80; root1 + cap1

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British Dictionary definitions for root cap

root cap

noun
  1. 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 root cap

root cap

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

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