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ˈkɔ dɛks; -dəˌsizcaudex

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stock, caudexnoun

    persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant

  2. caudexnoun

    woody stem of palms and tree ferns


  1. caudexnoun

    An enlargement of the stem, branch or root of a woody plant, usually serving to store water.


  1. Caudex

    A caudex (plural: caudices) of a plant is a stem, but the term is also used to mean a rootstock and particularly a basal stem structure from which new growth arises.In the strict sense of the term, meaning a stem, "caudex" is most often used with plants that have a different stem morphology from the typical angiosperm dicotyledon stem: examples of this include palms, ferns, and cycads. The related term caudiciform, literally meaning stem-like, is sometimes used to mean pachycaul, thick-stemmed.


  1. caudex

    A caudex is a thickened, typically woody, part of a plant stem that serves as a storage organ for nutrients. It is often found in plants adapted to arid or semi-arid environments and can be located above or below ground. The term is often used in relation to tree ferns, palms and other plants with a similar structure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caudexnoun

    the stem of a tree., esp. a stem without a branch, as of a palm or a tree fern; also, the perennial rootstock of an herbaceous plant

  2. Etymology: [L.]


  1. Caudex

    A caudex is a form of stem morphology appearing as a thickened, short, perennial stem that is either underground or near ground level. It may be swollen for the purpose of water storage, especially in xerophytes. Elongate branches may arise from the caudex, or the leaves may be more or less sessile to the caudex. Caudiciform describes plants having a caudex. Some notable caudiciformic genera: Adenia, Beaucarnea, Hydnophytum, Jatropha, Pachyrhizus, and Adenium.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caudex

    kaw′deks, n. (bot.) the stem of a tree, esp. of a palm or tree-fern:—pl. Caud′ices, Caud′exes.—n. Caudicle, the stalk of the pollen-masses of certain orchids. [L.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caudex in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caudex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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