verticillaster

[ vur-tuh-si-las-ter ]
/ ˌvɜr tə sɪˈlæs tər /

noun Botany.

an inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged in a seeming whorl, consisting in fact of a pair of opposite axillary, usually sessile, cymes, as in many mints.

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Origin of verticillaster

1825–35; <Latin verticill(us) verticil + -aster1

OTHER WORDS FROM verticillaster

ver·ti·cil·las·trate [vur-tuh-si-las-treyt, -trit], /ˈvɜr tə sɪˌlæs treɪt, -trɪt/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for verticillaster

verticillaster
/ (ˌvɜːtɪsɪˈlæstə) /

noun

botany an inflorescence, such as that of the dead-nettle, that resembles a whorl but consists of two crowded cymes on either side of the stem

Derived forms of verticillaster

verticillastrate (ˌvɜːtɪsɪˈlæsˌtreɪt, -trɪt), adjective

Word Origin for verticillaster

C19: from New Latin; see verticil, -aster
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