Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A specialized absorbing structure of a parasitic plant, such as the rootlike outgrowth of the dodder, that obtains food from a host plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A root of a parasitic plant modified to take nourishment from its host.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the suckerlike rootlets of such plants as the dodder and ivy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the small roots or suckers of parasitic plants, which attach themselves to and penetrate the host plant, and establish a direct connection with its sap, upon which the parasite wholly or partly subsists.
  • n. plural In fungi, specialized branches or organs of mycelia, serving either as a means of attachment or to bring the fungus into organic connection with its host.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a root-like attachment in parasitic plants that penetrates and obtains food from the host

Etymologies

New Latin haustōrium, from Latin haustus, a drawing in, absorption, from past participle of haurīre, to draw up.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • After surviving the pseudo-vexfoot's assault, the haustorium-firing fungus, and the rain drain that had swallowed Clarity, it was almost ironic that he should stumble on a dry, smooth chunk of rock.

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  • Before that happened, Flinx promised himself, they would have found their way to the vast common storage room beneath the port and worked their way up to join its stalwart defenders-assuming any had managed to hold out against the attacking fanatics and provided that they did not encounter any more haustorium-firing fungi or pseudo-vexfoots along the way.

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  • He dropped his eyes to the remnant of truleg still encased in the severed haustorium.

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  • What Flinx had felt moving slightly beneath the first man's body armor were bunched strands of haustorium.

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  • "I recognize the haustorium," Flinx muttered, "but where did those damn loops come from?"

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  • What remained of the truieg fell aside, still encased in graying haustorium.

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  • (2,6-dimethoxybenzoquinone) "tells" the germinating striga seedling to form the organ (haustorium) that pierces the victim's root.

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  • From the destruction of the haustorium which infected me, I presume it is functional. "

    Flinx In Flux

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  • In botany, a haustorium (plural haustoria) is the hyphal tip of a parasitic fungus or of the root of a parasitic plant (such as in the broomrape family), that penetrates the host's tissue, but stays outside the host cell membrane. - Wikipedia

    July 20, 2009