from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short thick solid food-storing underground stem, sometimes bearing papery scale leaves, as in the crocus or gladiolus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short, vertical, swollen underground stem of a plant (usually one of the monocots) that serves as a storage organ to enable the plant to survive winter or other adverse conditions such as drought.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A solid bulb-shaped root, as of the crocus. See bulb.
- n. Same as Cormus, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a bulb-like, solid, fleshy subterranean stem, producing leaves and buds on the upper surface and roots from the lower, as in the cyclamen.
- n. In zoology, a cormus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. solid swollen underground bulb-shaped stem or stem base and serving as a reproductive structure
New Latin cormus, from Greek kormos, a trimmed tree trunk; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)