from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids. Also called bast.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vascular tissue in land plants primarily responsible for the distribution of sugars and nutrients manufactured in the shoot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That portion of fibrovascular bundles which corresponds to the inner bark; the liber tissue; -- distinguished from xylem.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the bast or liber portion of a vascular bundle, or the region of a vascular bundle or axis with secondary thickening which contains sieve-tubes. Compare xylem.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of sieve tubes
German, from Greek phloios, bark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1872. From German Phlöem, from Ancient Greek φλόος (phloos, "husk, bark"), from φλέω (phleō, "I abound") (Wiktionary)