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

  • noun A slender rootlike filament that grows from an alga, a fungus, or the gametophyte of a moss, liverwort, or fern, used for attachment and nourishment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany and zoology, root-like; resembling a root.
  • noun In botany, a filamentous organ resembling a root, but of simple structure, found on compound thalli of all kinds, and on the stems of the Muscineæ.
  • noun Rhizoids are numerously produced, and their function is the attachment of the plant to the substratum. The older term was rhizina. See cut under prothallium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A rootlike appendage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany A rootlike structure in fungi and some plants that acts as support and/or aids the absorption of nutrients.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various slender filaments that function as roots in mosses and ferns and fungi etc


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