corm

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From scientific Latin cormus, from Ancient Greek κορμός (kormós, trunk stripped of its boughs).

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corm (plural corms)

  1. A short, vertical, swollen underground stem of a plant (usually one of the monocots) that serves as a storage organ to enable the plant to survive winter or other adverse conditions such as drought.
    • 2002, Victoria Finlay, Colour, Sceptre 2003, p. 268:
      The saffron crocus has to be planted by hand from corms.

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