Definition of buttress root in English:

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buttress root


A tree root whose upper, exposed parts project from the trunk like a buttress.
Example sentences
  • When I find Matt, he's standing beside a buttress root taller than he is.
  • There are endemic white-flowering begonias which reach several metres tall, trees with buttress roots the size of a small house and countless stands of bamboo towering over the path like crashing tsunami.
  • An hour later, they were deep in the rain forest of Corcovado National Park, hiking along a trail flanked by giant ferns and shaded by 70-metre-tall trees anchored to the thin soil with buttress roots.

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Syllabification: but·tress root

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