caudex

(redirected from caudices)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

cau·dex

 (kô′dĕks′)
n. pl. cau·di·ces (-dĭ-sēz′) or cau·dex·es
1. The thickened, usually underground base of the stem of many perennial herbaceous plants, from which new leaves and flowering stems arise.
2. The trunk of a palm or tree fern.

[Latin caudex, tree trunk.]

caudex

(ˈkɔːdɛks)
n, pl -dices (-dɪˌsiːz) or -dexes
1. (Botany) the thickened persistent stem base of some herbaceous perennial plants
2. (Botany) the woody stem of palms and tree ferns
[C19: from Latin]

cau•dex

(ˈkɔ dɛks)

n., pl. -di•ces (-dəˌsiz)
-dex•es.
1. the main stem of a tree, esp. a palm or tree fern.
2. the woody or thickened persistent base of a nonwoody perennial.
[1820–30; < Latin: tree trunk]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caudex - persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
2.caudex - woody stem of palms and tree ferns
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
References in periodicals archive ?
eriopus caudices are used primarily as an ingredient in magical potions to protect against malevolent spirits, but also as an emetic.
Some studies have indicated the potential for perennial development in some species, through the continued growth of the fallen caudices subsequent to their toppling (Walker and Aplet, 1994; Windisch et al.