Meaning of caudex

cau•dex

Pronunciation: (kô'deks), [key]
— pl. -di•ces -dex•es.
  1. the main stem of a tree, esp. a palm or tree fern.
  2. the woody or thickened persistent base of an herbaceous perennial.
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