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  A tale of tubers & corms
From: Wilbert Hetterscheid <hetter at vkc.nl> on 1998.06.19 at 18:56:28(2339)
Tuberophiles of the world!

This is gonna be a very short story! I seem to recall we have had this
discussion before and it is all the fault of your stupid English
language. Here in ye Olde Hollow Country we have no synonyms for these
underground storage facilities, so I don't understand the difference
between English corms and English tubers either. I suppose this goes
back to times when we were measuring in terms of "thumbs", "polluxes",
etc. Maybe if we all started to think decimal, the corm or tuber will
drop out as well.

O.k. serious: It is true, in Holland we have only one word (knol) for
what you guys call tubers/corms. The RHS dictionary of gardening says:

Corm: a solid, swollen, subterranean, bulb-like (is this to make things
easier?????) stem or stem-base; it is annual, the next year's corm
developing from the terminal bud or, in its absence, one of the lateral

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