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[in-flaw-res-uh ns, -floh-, -fluh-]
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  1. a flowering or blossoming.
  2. Botany.
    1. the arrangement of flowers on the axis.
    2. the flowering part of a plant.
    3. a flower cluster.
    4. flowers collectively.
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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
Related formsin·flo·res·cent, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • From a portion of a barley crop the inflorescence was removed as soon as it appeared.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross

  • This form of inflorescence is known technically as a “raceme.”

  • Inflorescence is an open or contracted or spiciform panicle.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • Cattle eat it when young, but avoid it when the inflorescence is mature.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • The front side of a flower, remote from the axis of inflorescence.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

British Dictionary definitions for inflorescence


  1. the part of a plant that consists of the flower-bearing stalks
  2. the arrangement of the flowers on the stalks
  3. the process of flowering; blossoming
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Derived Formsinflorescent, adjective

Word Origin

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


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inflorescence in Science


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