noun, plural caudices [kaw-duh-seez] , caudexes. Botany.
the main stem of a tree, especially a palm or tree fern.
the woody or thickened persistent base of an herbaceous perennial.

1820–30; < Latin: tree trunk; cf. codex Unabridged
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caudex (ˈkɔːdɛks)
n , pl -dices, -dexes
1.  the thickened persistent stem base of some herbaceous perennial plants
2.  the woody stem of palms and tree ferns
[C19: from Latin]

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caudex   (kô'děks')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The thickened, usually underground base of the stem of many perennial herbaceous plants, from which new leaves and flowering stems arise.

  2. The trunk of a palm or tree fern.

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Example sentences
Tine-leaved milk-vetch is a coarse perennial with a woody taproot below a
  subsurface woody caudex.
Clammy ground cherry is perennial from a deeply buried caudex.
Slender locoweed is perennial from a heavy taproot topped by a knobby
  underground crown called a caudex.
Each year new shoots form along the edges of the woody caudex.
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