caudex

Science Dictionary
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.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: caudal
Next Definition: caudices
Words Near: caudex
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for caudex
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing caudex
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature