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prop root

noun, Botany
1.
an adventitious root that supports the plant, as the aerial roots of the mangrove tree or of corn.
Also called brace root.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • As trees age, gaining size and putting down large prop root supports, significant horizontal as well as vertical growth occurs.
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prop root

noun
1.
a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves
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prop root in Science
prop root
  (prŏp)   
An adventitious root that arises from the stem, penetrates the soil, and helps support the stem, as in corn.
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