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2 definitions found
 for caudex
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Caudex \Cau"dex\, n.; pl. L. Caudices, E. Caudexes. [L.]
     (Bot.)
     The stem of a tree., esp. a stem without a branch, as of a
     palm or a tree fern; also, the perennial rootstock of an
     herbaceous plant.
     [1913 Webster] Caudicle

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  caudex
      n 1: persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant
           [syn: stock, caudex]
      2: woody stem of palms and tree ferns

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