- the persistent stem of a perennial plant
- the stem of a woody plant, esp. of a palm or tree fern
Origin of caudexL, tree trunk, log: see hew
nounpl. cau·di·ces or cau·dex·es
- The thickened, usually underground base of the stem of many perennial herbaceous plants, from which new leaves and flowering stems arise.
- The trunk of a palm or tree fern.
Origin of caudexLatin caudex, tree trunk.