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inflorescence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inflorescence the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
    • n inflorescence the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inflorescence A flowering; the putting forth and unfolding of blossoms.
    • Inflorescence (Bot) An axis on which all the buds are flower buds.
    • Inflorescence (Bot) The mode of flowering, or the general arrangement and disposition of the flowers with reference to the axis, and to each other.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inflorescence A beginning to blossom; a flowering; the unfolding of blossoms.
    • n inflorescence In botany, the arrangement of flowers on the axis and in relation to each other. This term, meaning literally time of flower-bearing, was first proposed by Linnæus, and should be replaced by the more correct term anthotaxis, which is formed on the analogy of phyllotaxis. Inflorescence is really the subject of ramification or branching, but is also interested in part in foliation and phyllotaxy. Not withstanding the seemingly many diverse kinds of inflorescence, they are all reducible to two fundamental types, the definite or cymose and the indefinite or botryose. The figures above illustrate some of the most important modifications of the two types.
    • n inflorescence See the adjectives.
    • n inflorescence In botany:
    • n inflorescence The portion of a plant devoted to reproduction, including the flowers, peduncles, rachides, general axes, flower-stalks, scapes, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inflorescence in-flor-es′ens character or mode of flowering of a plant.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflorescens, p. pr. of inflorescere, to begin to blossom; pref. in-, in + florescere, to begin to blossom: cf. F. inflorescence,. See Florescent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inflorescensinflorescĕre, to begin to blossom.

Usage

In literature:

Later, man thought of obtaining a generous dish with a thousand little sprays of the inflorescence.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
I will hang up the inflorescence of a banana-plant.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Such a branch-system is called an inflorescence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Prolonged inflorescence of fig 205 107.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
The flowers are aggregated together on distinct shoots constituting the inflorescence of grasses.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The number of inflorescences borne by species is an important character in some cases.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The lower branches of this inflorescence may be as much as 3.5 meters long, the upper shorter, the highest about one meter in length.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
Inflorescence loose and open, 15-30 cm.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
POSITION AND ARRANGEMENT OF FLOWERS, OR INFLORESCENCE.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Tuba is the fresh or mildly fermented sap drawn from the inflorescence of the cocoanut.
"The Cocoanut" by William S. Lyon
These partial inflorescences are generally unisexual, the male often containing numerous flowers while the female flowers are solitary.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
Another destiny awaits them; and the hand of the reaper rudely checks their purple inflorescence.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
Thus the flowers are arranged in groups, and frequently very complicated forms of inflorescence result.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
The male and female inflorescences have the form of simple or paniculate spikes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
Following the inflorescence comes a beautiful and unique seed-vessel, curiously winged and angled, and of a delicate, papery texture when mature.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Leaves often lobed or divided, and the inflorescence frequently scorpioid.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The girls had large inflorescences of bushy hair which they swung about as they turned their heads and made me shudder.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
But, in fact, this beauty of the inflorescence of plants is only one phenomenon of a much larger class.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, December 1879" by Various
End of branch of inflorescence, slightly enlarged.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5" by Various
Staminate inflorescence, x 1/4.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis
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In poetry:

Ah, that one night! I think Love's very essence
Distilled itself from out my joy and pain,
Like tropical trees, whose fervid inflorescence
Glows, gleams, and dies, never to bloom again.
"Farewell" by Laurence Hope

In news:

The effects of average daily temperature on time to flower and number of flowers or inflorescences (at first flowering.
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