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Latin spongiola (a rose gall, small roots), diminutive of spongia: compare French spongiole.


spongiole (plural spongioles)

  1. (botany) A supposed sponge-like expansion of the tip of a rootlet for absorbing water.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for spongiole in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)