haustorium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n haustorium a root-like attachment in parasitic plants that penetrates and obtains food from the host
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Haustorium (Bot) One of the suckerlike rootlets of such plants as the dodder and ivy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haustorium One of the small roots or suckers of parasitic plants, which attach themselves to and penetrate the host plant, and establish a direct connection with its sap, upon which the parasite wholly or partly subsists.
    • n haustorium plural In fungi, specialized branches or organs of mycelia, serving either as a means of attachment or to bring the fungus into organic connection with its host.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Haustorium haws-tō′ri-um a small sucker of a parasitic plant, penetrating the tissues of the host
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL., a well, fr. L. haurire, haustum, to drink