Definition of propagule in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräpəˌɡyo͞ol/


A vegetative structure that can become detached from a plant and give rise to a new plant, e.g., a bud, sucker, or spore.
Example sentences
  • Many plant species can reproduce clonally by creeping roots or stems, propagules such as bulbils and tubers, or agamous seeds.
  • The development of small vegetative propagules with bulbils within the florets (inflorescence proliferation) is also common.
  • This may not be an unexpected outcome given that the sediment on the floodplains may not have contained sufficient seeds or vegetative propagules of this species.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin propagulum 'small shoot', diminutive of propago 'shoot, runner'.

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Syllabification: prop·a·gule

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