[ dek-strawrs, dek-strawrs ]

  1. (of a climbing plant) rising helically from right to left, as seen from outside the helix (opposed to sinistrorse).

Origin of dextrorse

1860–65; <Latin dextrorsum toward the right, earlier dextrōvorsum, equivalent to dextrō- to the right (see dexter) + vorsum, accusative of vorsus, variant of versus, past participle of vertere to turn
  • Also dex·tror·sal [dek-strawr-suhl] /dɛkˈstrɔr səl/ .

Other words from dextrorse

  • dex·trorse·ly, adverb

Words Nearby dextrorse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for dextrorse


dextrorsal (dɛkˈstrɔːsəl)

/ (ˈdɛkstrɔːs, dɛkˈstrɔːs) /

  1. (of some climbing plants) growing upwards in a helix from left to right or anticlockwise: Compare sinistrorse

Origin of dextrorse

C19: from Latin dextrorsum towards the right, from dextro- + vorsus turned, variant of versus, from vertere to turn

Derived forms of dextrorse

  • dextrorsely, adverb

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