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or dextrorsal

[dek-strawrs, dek-strawrs or dek-strawr-suh l] /ˈdɛk strɔrs, dɛkˈstrɔrs or dɛkˈstrɔr səl/
adjective, Botany.
(of a climbing plant) rising helically from right to left, as seen from outside the helix (opposed to sinistrorse).
Origin of dextrorse
1860-65; < Latin dextrorsum toward the right, earlier dextrōvorsum, equivalent to dextrō- to the right (see dexter) + vorsum, accusative of vorsus, variant of versus, past participle of vertere to turn
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dextrorsely, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dextrorse


/ˈdɛkstrɔːs; dɛkˈstrɔːs/
(of some climbing plants) growing upwards in a helix from left to right or anticlockwise Compare sinistrorse
Derived Forms
dextrorsely, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin dextrorsum towards the right, from dextro- + vorsus turned, variant of versus, from vertere to turn
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