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[ti-tras-ti-kuh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. arranged in a spike of four vertical rows, as flowers.
  2. having four such rows of flowers, as a spike.
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Origin of tetrastichous

1865–70; < New Latin tetrastichus < Greek tetrástichos having four lines or rows. See tetra-, stich1, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for tetrastichous


  1. (of flowers or leaves on a stalk) arranged in four vertical rows
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