a compact branching inflorescence, as of the lilac, in which the main axis is indeterminate and the lateral axes are determinate.
Origin of thyrse
1595–1605; < French < Latin thyrsus thyrsus
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Thyrse or Thyrsus, a compact and pyramidal panicle of cymes or cymules, 79.The Elements of Botany
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
Word Origin for thyrse
C17: from French: thyrsus
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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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