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 rhiz?ma ; 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 rhiz&omacron;ma, mass of roots, from rhizoun, to cause to take root, from rhiza, root; see wrad- in Indo-European roots.
Solomon's seal rhizome