verticillaster

[vur-tuh-si-las-ter]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. vertical union,
  2. vertically,
  3. vertically challenged,
  4. vertices,
  5. verticil,
  6. verticillate,
  7. verticillium wilt,
  8. vertiginous,
  9. vertigo,
  10. vertisol

Origin of verticillaster

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

Related formsver·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

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 Formsverticillastrate (ˌvɜːtɪsɪˈlæsˌtreɪt, -trɪt), adjective

Word Origin for verticillaster

C19: from New Latin; see verticil, -aster

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