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Tiller  [ Botany ]

Dictionary of botanic terminology - index of names

  A shoot from the base of a plant.  
A tiller is vegetative branch from an adventitious bud arising at the base of a plant on or just under the surface of the ground and growing erect.
Normally the term tiller is used to indicate a lateral shoot from a cereal or grass, but can be appropriate for any similar basal shoots of other herbaceous plant. In grasses these comprise several units arising from a leaf axil, normally at the base of an older tiller, each consisting of a stem (or culm) , leaves and axillary bud (eventually with basal roots), it usually refers to the secondary tillers off the main shoot.
Tiller  [ Horticulture ]  
Synonyms: Cultivator 
  A farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)  
To Till   [ Verb ]  


To form tillers
< of a plant > To branch profusely from the base, becoming brushier.


To prepares the soil for the planting of crops or seeding.
Work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation; "till the soil" to prepare the soil for seeding







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