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thyrse

[thurs] /θɜrs/
noun, Botany.
1.
a compact branching inflorescence, as of the lilac, in which the main axis is indeterminate and the lateral axes are determinate.
Also, thyrsus.
Origin of thyrse
1595-1605
1595-1605; < French < Latin thyrsus thyrsus
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thyrse

/θɜːs/
noun (pl) thyrses, thyrsi (ˈθɜːsaɪ)
1.
(botany) a type of inflorescence, occurring in the lilac and grape, in which the main branch is racemose and the lateral branches cymose
Derived Forms
thyrsoid, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French: thyrsus
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thyrse
  (thûrs)   
A dense inflorescence in which the side branches end in cymes, as in the lilac. Also called thyrsus. See more at inflorescence.
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