Also bot·ry·oid, botryose.

Origin of botryoidal

1810–20; < Greek botryoeid(ḗs) shaped like a bunch of grapes (bótry(s) bunch of grapes + -oeidēs -oid) + -al1
Related formsbot·ry·oi·dal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for botryoid


botryose (ˈbɒtrɪˌəʊs, -ˌəʊz)

  1. (of minerals, parts of plants, etc) shaped like a bunch of grapes

Word Origin for botryoidal

C18: from Greek botruoeidēs, from botrus cluster of grapes; see -oid
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botryoid in Medicine


  1. Having numerous rounded protuberances resembling a bunch of grapes.
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botryoid in Science


  1. Shaped like a bunch of grapes. Certain minerals and parts of organisms can be botryoidal.
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