a creeping stem lying, usually horizontally, at or under the surface of the soil and differing from a root in having scale leaves, bearing leaves or aerial shoots near its tips, and producing roots from its undersurface
Origin of rhizomeModern Latin rhizoma ; from Classical Greek rhizōma ; from rhizousthai, to take root ; from rhiza, root
A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes. Also called rootstock.
Origin of rhizomeGreek rhizōma, mass of roots, from rhizoun, to cause to take root, from rhiza, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.
Solomon's seal rhizome