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verticillaster

[vur-tuh-si-las-ter]
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noun Botany.
  1. an inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged in a seeming whorl, consisting in fact of a pair of opposite axillary, usually sessile, cymes, as in many mints.
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Origin of verticillaster

1825–35; < Latin verticill(us) verticil + -aster1
Related formsver·ti·cil·las·trate [vur-tuh-si-las-treyt, -trit] /ˈvɜr tə sɪˌlæs treɪt, -trɪt/, adjective
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  • Verticillaster, a false whorl, formed of a pair of opposite cymes.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray


British Dictionary definitions for verticillaster

verticillaster

noun
  1. botany an inflorescence, such as that of the dead-nettle, that resembles a whorl but consists of two crowded cymes on either side of the stem
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Derived Formsverticillastrate (ˌvɜːtɪsɪˈlæsˌtreɪt, -trɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin; see verticil, -aster
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