noun, plural pa·ras·ti·chies. Botany.

one of a number of seemingly secondary spirals or oblique ranks winding around the stem or axis to the right and left in a spiral arrangement of leaves, scales, etc., where the internodes are short and the members closely crowded, as in the houseleek and the pine cone.

Origin of parastichy

First recorded in 1870–75; para-1 + stich1 + -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parastichy


noun plural -chies

a hypothetical spiral line connecting the bases of a series of leaves on a stem
an arrangement of leaves so connected
Compare orthostichy
Derived Formsparastichous, adjective

Word Origin for parastichy

C19: from para- 1 + Greek stikhia, from stikhos row, rank
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