[ in-flaw-res-uh ns, -floh-, -fluh- ]
/ ˌɪn flɔˈrɛs əns, -floʊ-, -flə- /


a flowering or blossoming.
  1. the arrangement of flowers on the axis.
  2. the flowering part of a plant.
  3. a flower cluster.
  4. flowers collectively.

Origin of inflorescence

1750–60; < New Latin inflōrēscentia < Late Latin inflōrēscent- (stem of inflōrēscēns present participle of inflōrēscere to bloom1. See in-2, flora, -escent, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM inflorescence

in·flo·res·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inflorescence

/ (ˌɪnflɔːˈrɛsəns) /


the part of a plant that consists of the flower-bearing stalks
the arrangement of the flowers on the stalks
the process of flowering; blossoming

Derived forms of inflorescence

inflorescent, adjective

Word Origin for inflorescence

C16: from New Latin inflōrēscentia, from Late Latin inflōrescere to blossom, from flōrescere to bloom
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Scientific definitions for inflorescence

[ ĭn′flə-rĕsəns ]

A group of flowers growing from a common stem, often in a characteristic arrangement. Also called flower cluster
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