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  • noun Plural form of spongiole.

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  • For this latter purpose, the fibril roots, with the main root itself (caudex), are provided with soft porous terminations, called spongioles, from their peculiar efficacy in imbibing the surrounding moisture.

    Theism: The Witness of Reason and Nature to an All-Wise and Beneficent Creator.

  • Its funereal foliage droops in Hilo, and it was it that I noticed all along the windward coast as having a most striking peculiarity of aerial roots which the branches send down to the ground, and which I now see have large cup-shaped spongioles.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • It is now no longer doubted that, whatever action the roots may exert, the constituents of the plant must be in solution before they can pass into it -- experiment having distinctly shown that the spongioles or apertures through which this absorption takes place are too minute to admit even the smallest solid particle.

    Elements of Agricultural Chemistry

  • The tendrils of the vine seek and choose their own support, and the thirsty spongioles of the root find the nourishing veins of water.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • The oak, which is the great laboratory of tannin, not only lays up stores of it in its bark and leaves, but its roots discharge into the ground enough of it to tan the rootlets of all plants that venture to put down their suction-hose into the same region, and their spongioles are so effectually closed by this process, that they can no longer perform their office, and the plant that bears them dies.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

  • Its funereal foliage droops in Hilo, and it was it that I noticed all along the windward coast as having a most striking peculiarity of aerial roots which the branches send down to the ground, and which I now see have large cup-shaped spongioles.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • The former is designed, not only to support the plant by fixing it in the soil, but also to fulfil the functions of a channel for the conveyance of nourishment: it is therefore furnished with pores, or spongioles, as they are called, from their resemblance to a sponge, to suck up whatever comes within its reach.

    The Book of Household Management

  • The former is designed, not only to support the plant by fixing it in the soil, but also to fulfil the functions of a channel for the conveyance of nourishment: it is therefore furnished with pores, or spongioles, as they are called, from their resemblance to a sponge, to suck up whatever comes within its reach.

    The Book of Household Management

  • At the root, whence the nutritive process started, it terminates with imparting hardness and tenacity to the fibrils, and bringing matter to form new spongioles, while the old are gradually covered with an impervious cuticle.

    Theism: The Witness of Reason and Nature to an All-Wise and Beneficent Creator.

  • As when the plant is shifted the first time the stem, or cane as it is called, is generally six or eight inches long, great care must be taken not to injure either it or the spongioles of the roots in shifting; and, as the stem or cane is of course always longer every time the plants are shifted, additional care is required every time of performing the operation.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

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