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[pi-ras-ti-kee] /pɪˈræs tɪ ki/
noun, plural parastichies. Botany.
one of a number of seemingly secondary spirals or oblique ranks winding around the stem or axis to the right and left in a spiral arrangement of leaves, scales, etc., where the internodes are short and the members closely crowded, as in the houseleek and the pine cone.
Origin of parastichy
First recorded in 1870-75; para-1 + stich1 + -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for parastichy


noun (pl) -chies
a hypothetical spiral line connecting the bases of a series of leaves on a stem
an arrangement of leaves so connected
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Derived Forms
parastichous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from para-1 + Greek stikhia, from stikhos row, rank
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