inflorescence

[ in-flaw-res-uhns, -floh-, -fluh- ]
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noun
  1. a flowering or blossoming.

  2. Botany.

    • the arrangement of flowers on the axis.

    • the flowering part of a plant.

    • a flower cluster.

    • flowers collectively.

Origin of inflorescence

1
First recorded in 1750–60; from New Latin inflōrēscentia, from 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

Words Nearby inflorescence

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How to use inflorescence in a sentence

  • The fruit commonly has the general shape of the female inflorescence, but as it matures it increases greatly in size.

    Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
  • A broad and flattish inflorescence, the central flowers of which bloom first.

    Michigan Trees | Charles Herbert Otis
  • The front side of a flower, remote from the axis of inflorescence.

    Michigan Trees | Charles Herbert Otis
  • A simple inflorescence of flowers on pedicels which radiate from the same point.

    Michigan Trees | Charles Herbert Otis
  • The back side of a flower, next to the axis of inflorescence.

    Michigan Trees | Charles Herbert Otis

British Dictionary definitions for inflorescence

inflorescence

/ (ˌɪnflɔːˈrɛsəns) /


noun
  1. the part of a plant that consists of the flower-bearing stalks

  2. the arrangement of the flowers on the stalks

  1. the process of flowering; blossoming

Origin of inflorescence

1
C16: from New Latin inflōrēscentia, from Late Latin inflōrescere to blossom, from flōrescere to bloom

Derived forms of inflorescence

  • inflorescent, adjective

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Scientific definitions for inflorescence

inflorescence

[ ĭn′flə-rĕsəns ]


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

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