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Definition of "geophyte" []

  • A perennial plant, such as a crocus or tulip, propagated by buds on underground bulbs, tubers, or corms. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "geophyte" in a sentence
  • "On the lower western slopes of the Andes and the eastern slopes of the Coast Range, the typical matorral is open and contains a rich assemblage of endemic herbaceous and geophyte species."
  • "Baboons and molerats are dependent upon geophytes, and molerats are capable of eating toxic geophyte bulbs, such as Boophane spp.,"
  • "2010/09/: RSTB: (ab$) Flowering phenology, fruiting success and progressive deterioration of pollination in an early-flowering geophyte by James D. Thomson"