- Botany. arranged alternately in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis, as leaves.
- Zoology. divided into two parts.
Origin of distichous
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Examples from the Web for distichous
The cells are distichous, and of a very peculiar form, but varying in some degree according to their situation.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
He also questions the propriety of the separation according to the distichous arrangement of the hairs of the tail.
In some the general hue is orange brown with obscure annuli; the arrangement of the hair is distichous or in two rows.
Leaf-sheaths are compressed and distichous below, glabrous or sometimes with a few hairs close to the margin.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Feathers are mostly distichous, hair-partings are distichous, the moustache is distichous."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
- (of leaves) arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of the stem
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