[ thurs ]
/ θɜrs /

noun Botany.

a compact branching inflorescence, as of the lilac, in which the main axis is indeterminate and the lateral axes are determinate.
Also thyrsus.

Origin of thyrse

1595–1605; < French < Latin thyrsus thyrsus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thyrse


thyrsus (ˈθɜːsəs)

/ (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 Formsthyrsoid, adjective

Word Origin for thyrse

C17: from French: thyrsus
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Science 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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