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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A supposed sponge-like expansion of the tip of a rootlet for absorbing water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A supposed spongelike expansion of the tip of a rootlet for absorbing water; -- called also spongelet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a former name of the spongy tissue of a root-tip, from its supposed property of sucking up moisture like a sponge. Also called spongelet.

Etymologies

Latin spongiola a rose gall, small roots, diminutive of spongia: compare French spongiole. (Wiktionary)

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