Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Tribes that have more contact with modern medicine take the root, known as a corm, and crush it for use as a topical remedy for snake bites, Morgan said.

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  • In bananas these offsets are called suckers, but because they grow from the corm, which is an underground swollen stem, they are in fact offsets.

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  • "It's called a corm, and the plant smells stronger, too."

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  • This ground-covering bulb (actually called a corm) is poisonous, as is every part of the plant, which is why it's used in homeopathic remedies for gout.

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  • The plant absorbs immense amount of sunlight energy with its vast leaves and stores the energy in its corm, which is located underground.

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  • The [[plant]] takes in immense amount of sunlight energy with its enormous [[leaves]] and stores the energy in its corm, which is located underground.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • The Konjac, commonly known as the corm-like tuber of Amorphophallus Konjac C. Korch, is a perennial plants native of warm tropical to tropical regions, eastern Asia, from Japan and south of China to Indonesia.

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  • The varieties are perpetuated and multiplied by the little corms that appear about the base of the large new corm which is formed each year.

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  • At left, transport lines move corm meal at the terminal.

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  • Each corm is no bigger than the tip of your little finger, a pebble under ground.

    Suzy Bales: A Forgotten Bulb: Fool's Onion

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  • August 30, 2008

  • It is autumn. Chestnut-boughs clash their inflamed leaves. The garden festers for attention: telluric cultures enriched with shards, corms, nodules, the sunk solids of gravity. I have raked up a golden and stinking blaze.

    - Geoffrey Hill, Mercian Hymns, XII

    August 30, 2008