Dictionary.com

verticillaster

[ vur-tuh-si-las-ter ]
/ ˌvɜr tə sɪˈlæs tər /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use verticillaster in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK