phellem


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phel·lem

 (fĕl′əm, -ĕm′)
n. Botany
See cork.

[German : Greek phellos, cork; see bhel- in Indo-European roots + -em (as in Phloëm, phloem; see phloem).]

phellem

(ˈfɛləm)
n
(Botany) botany the technical name for cork4
[C20: from Greek phellos cork + phloem]

cork

(kɔrk)

n.
1.
a. Also called phellem. a layer of dead protective tissue between the bark and cadmium in woody plants.
b. the thick lightweight layer of a Mediterranean oak, Quercus suber (cork oak), harvested commercially for making floats, stoppers for bottles, etc.
2. something made of cork.
3. a piece of cork, rubber, or the like used as a stopper, as for a bottle.
4. a small float to buoy up a fishing line.
v.t.
5. to provide or fit with cork or a cork.
6. to stop with or as if with a cork (often fol. by up).
7. to blacken with burnt cork.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Arabic qurq < Latin quercus oak (see fir)]

Cork

(kɔrk)

n.
1. a county in Munster province in S Republic of Ireland. 279,427; 2881 sq. mi. (7460 sq. km).
2. a seaport in and the county seat of Cork in the S part. 133,196.

phel·lem

(fĕl′əm)
See cork.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phellem - (botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
bark - tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
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Caption: 1 Final Touch's Phellem Sphere Carafe & Coaster Set is handcrafted from mouth-blown lead-free crystal and has a cork stopper to seal in freshness and a stainless-steel-lined cork coaster.
kok-saghyz is covered with a well-developed periderm, consisting of phellem, phellogen and phelloderm.