from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An aërial corm, or thickened stem, as of some epiphytic orchidaceous plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fleshy enlargement of the base of the stem in many epiphytic orchids, having the appearance of a bulb, but solid in structure: nearly allied to the corm, but not subterranean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a solid bulblike enlargement of the stem of some orchids
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It grows like a crocus from a pseudo-bulb at elevations from 7,000 to 8,500 feet, and flowers during February and March.