Definition of rhizome in English:


Syllabification: rhi·zome
Pronunciation: /ˈrīˌzōm


A continuously growing horizontal underground stem that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals. Compare with bulb (sense 1), corm.
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  • The plant is tough to stamp out because it develops a system of roots and rhizomes, horizontal underground stems that descend as far as six feet into the sand.
  • In addition, shrub roots and rhizomes grow into above-ground gaps, making below-ground gaps smaller than above-ground gaps.
  • Mucilages found in rhizomes, roots and seed endosperms may act primarily as energy reserves whereas foliar mucilages appear not to serve as storage carbohydrates.


mid 19th century: from Greek rhizōma, from rhizousthai 'take root', based on rhiza 'root'.

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