Definition of caudex in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdɛks/

noun (plural caudices /ˈkɔːdɪsiːz/)

The axis of a woody plant, especially a palm or tree fern, comprising the stem and root.
Example sentences
  • Many of the yellow chestnut oak seedlings at this site were actually sprouts from large caudices.
  • Extremely old specimens of Ibervillea sonorae may have caudices up to three feet in diameter.
  • Some caudices lay deep down in the ground, protected from extreme weather conditions and animals.


Late 18th century: from Latin, earlier form of codex.

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Line breaks: cau¦dex

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