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caudex

[kaw-deks] /ˈkɔ dɛks/
noun, plural caudices
[kaw-duh-seez] /ˈkɔ dəˌsiz/ (Show IPA),
caudexes. Botany
1.
the main stem of a tree, especially a palm or tree fern.
2.
the woody or thickened persistent base of an herbaceous perennial.
Origin of caudex
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin: tree trunk; cf. codex
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caudex

/ˈkɔːdɛks/
noun (pl) -dices (-dɪˌsiːz), -dexes
1.
the thickened persistent stem base of some herbaceous perennial plants
2.
the woody stem of palms and tree ferns
Word Origin
C19: from Latin
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caudex
  (kô'děks')   
  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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