I want to use something as a simile, but I can't think of what it is. It is a kind of plant that reproduces itself as it grows; I have a mental picture of something that I think I have seen a picture of before; it is a plant that grows on the ground; then I guess it puts in a new root, and reproduces itself, forming a chain of clusters; each plant has leaves spreading out from it; I don't think this is quite the same thing as ivy; it's more like a sort of flower or leafstalk; the plants are all connected to one another as they grow.
This could be too vague for anyone to pin down; I think its a kind or type of vegetation, rather than necessarily any particular species; there's probably a botanic name for it.
I want to use it as a simile for generations, as in Ex 20.5b, to give a sense of the generations, as viewed from a god's-eye-view, above space and time, as being just one connected and spreading organism. That could be one of of several possible explanations as to why succeeding generations are punished for the guilt of their forefathers; they are basically the same thing.
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I want to use something as a simile, but I can't think of what it is. It is a kind ... explanations as to why succeeding generations are punished for the guilt of their forefathers; they are basically the same thing.

rhizome?


David
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I want to use something as a simile, but I can't think of what it is. It is a kind ... explanations as to why succeeding generations are punished for the guilt of their forefathers; they are basically the same thing.

Rhizome?
Don
Kansas City
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I want to use something as a simile, but I ... guilt of their forefathers; they are basically the same thing.

rhizome?

He's describing the habit of a strawberry plant, among others. The above-ground offsets of strawberries are called "runners". Rhizomes are underground, though I'm not sure how many of them send up distinct plantlets apparently it's possible for a field of bracken to consist essentially of a single plant.
I don't know a single word for echo's resounding question.

Mike.
it is a plant that grows on the ground; then ... of clusters; each plant has leaves spreading out from it;

Rhizome?

No, probably 'runners'. NSOED: 'Runner ... A long creeping stem arising from an axillary bud, which roots at the nodes and forms new plants.'

Mickwick
I want to use something as a simile, but I can't think of what it is. It is a kind ... it's more like a sort of flower or leafstalk; the plants are all connected to one another as they grow.

Sounds like kudzu to me.
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Rhizome?

No, probably 'runners'. NSOED: 'Runner ... A long creeping stem arising from an axillary bud, which roots at the nodes and formsnew plants.'

Yabbut, what's the word for the kind of plant that does it? The Collins Field Guide just says the strawberry is a "Low/short perennial, with long runners." I don't know if this means there isn't a word, or if there is one but they think it's too technical for before the watershed.
...but hold! I've nailed the bugger! A runner is a stolon, ife? So a stolon-bearing plant is a stolonifer . This doesn't help the analogously-named Echo, but my own beating heart can be a bit stiller.

Mike.
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I like "stonolifer", but what if it's rhizomatous after all?

Any chance the word Echo wants is "clone"? Probably not.

Jerry Friedman
I want to use something as a simile, but I can't think of what it is. It is a kind ... explanations as to why succeeding generations are punished for the guilt of their forefathers; they are basically the same thing.

Suckers.
(There's one born every minute.)

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