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or dex·tror·sal

[dek-strawrs, dek-strawrs or dek-strawr-suh l]
adjective Botany.
  1. (of a climbing plant) rising helically from right to left, as seen from outside the helix (opposed to sinistrorse).
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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
Related formsdex·trorse·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dextrorse


dextrorsal (dɛkˈstrɔːsəl)

  1. (of some climbing plants) growing upwards in a helix from left to right or anticlockwiseCompare sinistrorse
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Derived Formsdextrorsely, adverb

Word Origin

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