Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A corm.
  • n. An organism made up of a number of individuals, such as, for example, would be formed by a process of budding from a parent stalk wherre the buds remain attached.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Corm.
  • n. A vegetable or animal made up of a number of individuals, such as, for example, would be formed by a process of budding from a parent stalk wherre the buds remain attached.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, same as corm.
  • n. In zoology, the common stock of a compound animal, as an ascidiarium, a zoanthodeme, and the like, when divided into colonies of zo├Âids, as may be variously effected by gemmation or other more or less complete division.
  • n. In biology, a morphological individual or morphon of the fourth order, composed of two or more persons organically connected into a compound organism. A siphonophoran is a cormus in this sense, since its constituent members are persons; but a tree is not. Sometimes corm. See person, 8.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek, the trunk of a tree (with the boughs cut off), from a word meaning "to shear". (Wiktionary)

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