• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cormus (Biol) 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.
    • Cormus (Bot) See Corm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cormus In botany, same as corm.
    • n cormus In zoology, the common stock of a compound animal, as an ascidiarium, a zoanthodeme, and the like, when divided into colonies of zoöids, as may be variously effected by gemmation or other more or less complete division.
    • n cormus 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cormus sometimes called a solid bulb—the short, bulb-like subterranean stem of many plants—e.g. crocus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. kormo`s the trunk of a tree (with the boughs cut off), fr. kei`rein to shear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kormos, the lopped trunk of a tree.


In literature:

From the broader portion of the planula an outgrowth arises which becomes the first tentacle of the cormus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
In exactly the same way several individuals of certain kinds of worms are united so as to form a star-like cormus.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel