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geophyte

[jee-uh-fahyt] /ˈdʒi əˌfaɪt/
noun, Botany
1.
a plant propagated by means of underground buds.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; geo- + -phyte
Related forms
geophytic
[jee-uh-fit-ik] /ˌdʒi əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geophytic

geophyte

/ˈdʒiːəʊˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
a perennial plant that propagates by means of buds below the soil surface
Derived Forms
geophytic (ˌdʒiːəʊˈfɪtɪk) adjective
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geophytic in Science
geophyte
  (jē'ə-fīt')   
A perennial plant with an underground food storage organ, such as a bulb, tuber, corm, or rhizome. The parts of the plant that grow above ground die away during adverse conditions, as in winter or during the dry season, and grow again from buds that are on or within the underground portion when conditions improve. Crocuses and tulips are geophytes.
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