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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The symbiotic association of the mycelium of a fungus with the roots of a plant, as is found in the majority of vascular plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fungus-mycelium which invests the roots of certain phænogams, especially Cupuliferæ and some other forest-trees.

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  • noun biology A symbiotic relationship between the mycelium of a fungus and the roots of a plant.

Etymologies

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

[myco– + Greek rhiza, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • ~an intimate symbiotic association of the mycelium of certain fungi with the root cells of some vascular plants, as certain orchids

    January 18, 2009

  • ~mycorrhiza fungi form highly branched, interconnected networks that invade the roots of plants in order to obtain a supply of carbohydrate.

    ~etymology: < myco- + Gr rhiza, root

    January 18, 2009