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A slender rootlike filament that grows from an alga, a fungus, or the gametophyte of a moss, liverwort, or fern, used for attachment and nourishment.
rhi′zoid′, rhi·zoi′dal (-zoid′l) adj.
(Botany) any of various slender hairlike structures that function as roots in the gametophyte generation of mosses, ferns, and related plants
2. (in mosses, ferns, etc.) one of the rootlike filaments by which the plant is attached to the substratum.
[1855–60; < Greek rhíz(a) root + -oid]
A slender, root-like filament by which mosses, liverworts, fungi, and the reproductive generation of ferns attach themselves to the material in which they grow and absorb nourishment.
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|Noun||1.||rhizoid - any of various slender filaments that function as roots in mosses and ferns and fungi etc|
leak fungus, Rhizopus stolonifer, ring rot fungus - fungus causing soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables and rings of dry rot around roots of sweet potatoes