noun, plural ra·chis·es, rach·i·des [rak-i-deez, rey-ki-] /ˈræk ɪˌdiz, ˈreɪ kɪ-/.
- the axis of an inflorescence when somewhat elongated, as in a raceme.
- (in a pinnately compound leaf or frond) the prolongation of the petiole along which the leaflets are disposed.
- any of various axial structures.
Ornithology. the part of the shaft of a feather bearing the web.
Anatomy. spinal column.
Origin of rachis
1775–85; < New Latin < Greek rháchis spine, ridge, backbone
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noun plural rachises, rhachises, rachides or rhachides (ˈrækɪˌdiːz, ˈreɪ-)
Word Origin for rachis
C17: via New Latin from Greek rhakhis ridge
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n. pl. ra•chis•es
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Plural rachises rachides (răk′ĭ-dēz′, rā′kĭ-)
A main axis or shaft, such as the main stem of an inflorescence, the stalk of a pinnately compound leaf, the shaft of a feather, or the spinal column.
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