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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.]
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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]
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(ˈkɔ dɛks)

n., pl. -di•ces (-dəˌsiz)
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]
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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
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(1) Collections of early manuscripts have similarly arboreal origins, since "codex" is a later Latin spelling of caudex or the "trunk of a tree, wooden tablet, book, code of laws." (2) If books and manuscripts have come to seem outdated modes of storing learning, it is worth remembering that "code" also derives from "codex," making information technology a recent offshoot of the ancient and ever-expanding tree of knowledge.
eriopus (often referred to as a caudex) has long been used traditionally by many ethnic groups in South Africa, especially the Xhosa and Zulu people (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk, 1962; Osborne et al., 1994).
When its growth is constrained in a pot, Pseudobombax--a tree from Mexico--gets more interesting: Its base (caudex) swells to create an almost cartoonish form.
Background: Stenodactylin is a highly toxic plant lectin purified from the caudex of Adenia stenodactyla, with molecular structure, intracellular routing and enzyme activity similar to those of ricin, a well-known type 2 ribosome-inactivating protein.
Subsurface parts include long taproot and unbranching rhizome (caudex).
Malcolmia africana is annual herb with woody caudex. It has basal leaves with upright flower stalks, stiff.
En effet, le commissaire aux apports designe par le tribunal dans un premier temps, en l'occurrence M.Haddouche, du bureau Caudex, avait jete l'eponge car il refusait de cautionner certaines pratiques.
SATISFACTION AT LAST Company directors Ian McSally, left, and Dave Hennessey of Caudex Vallum Group