inflorescence [in-flaw- res- uh ns, -floh-, -fl uh-] noun a flowering or blossoming. . Botany the arrangement of flowers on the axis. the flowering part of a plant. a flower cluster. flowers collectively. Origin of inflorescence 1750–60;
New Latin inflōrēscentia
Late Latin inflōrēscent-
present participle of
-ence Related forms in·flo·res·cent, adjective
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Related Words for inflorescence bloom
pompon Examples from the Web for inflorescence Historical Examples of inflorescence British Dictionary definitions for inflorescence noun 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 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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Word Origin and History for inflorescence n.
1760, from Modern Latin
inflorescentia, from Late Latin inflorescentem (nominative inflorescens) "flowering," present participle of Latin inflorescere "to come to flower," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + florescere "to begin to bloom" (see flourish).
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A group of flowers growing from a common stem, often in a characteristic arrangement. Also called flower cluster
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