Definition of caudex in English:


Line breaks: cau¦dex
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdɛks

noun (plural caudices /-dɪsiːz/)

  • The axis of a woody plant, especially a palm or tree fern, comprising the stem and root.
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    • 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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