from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A supposed spongelike expansion of the tip of a rootlet for absorbing water; -- called also
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- noun botany A supposed
sponge-like expansionof the tipof a rootletfor absorbing water.
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Latin spongiola a rose gall, small roots, diminutive of spongia: compare French spongiole.
The pistil consists of a hollow tube called the style, terminating at one end in a kind of spongiole named the stigma; at the other, in the seed-vessel or ovary.