A rounded underground storage organ present in plants such as crocuses, gladioli, and cyclamens, consisting of a swollen stem base covered with scale leaves. Compare with bulb (sense 1), rhizome.
- Clonal progeny may be produced by stolons, runners, rhizomes, tubers, buds on bulbs, corms and roots, layering of stems, and agamospermous seed.
- Bulbs are geophytes including flower-producing bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes with underground storage systems.
- The primary bulb species used for gardens and landscapes include: true bulbs, corms, tubers, tuberous roots, rhizomes, and enlarged hypocotyls.
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin cormus, from Greek kormos 'trunk stripped of its boughs'.
Words that rhyme with cormconform, dorm, form, forme, haulm, lukewarm, Maugham, misinform, norm, outperform, perform, shawm, storm, swarm, transform, underperform, warm
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