[ thurs ]
/ θɜrs /
a compact branching inflorescence, as of the lilac, in which the main axis is indeterminate and the lateral axes are determinate.
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Origin of thyrse
1595–1605; <French <Latin thyrsusthyrsus
Words nearby thyrse
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Example sentences from the Web for thyrse
Thyrse or Thyrsus, a compact and pyramidal panicle of cymes or cymules, 79.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
British Dictionary definitions for thyrse
/ (θɜːs) /
noun plural thyrses or thyrsi (ˈθɜːsaɪ)
botany a type of inflorescence, occurring in the lilac and grape, in which the main branch is racemose and the lateral branches cymose
Derived forms of thyrsethyrsoid, adjective
Word Origin for thyrse
C17: from French: thyrsus
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Scientific definitions for thyrse
[ thûrs ]
A dense inflorescence in which the side branches end in cymes, as in the lilac. Also called thyrsus See more at inflorescence.
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