inflorescence

[in-flaw-res-uhns, -floh-, -fluh-]
noun
1.
a flowering or blossoming.
2.
Botany.
a.
the arrangement of flowers on the axis.
b.
the flowering part of a plant.
c.
a flower cluster.
d.
flowers collectively.

Origin:
1750–60; < Neo-Latin inflōrēscentia < Late Latin inflōrēscent- (stem of inflōrēscēns present participle of inflōrēscere to bloom. See in-2, flora, -escent, -ence

inflorescent, adjective
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inflorescence (ˌɪnflɔːˈrɛsəns)
 
n
1.  the part of a plant that consists of the flower-bearing stalks
2.  the arrangement of the flowers on the stalks
3.  the process of flowering; blossoming
 
[C16: from New Latin inflōrēscentia, from Late Latin inflōrescere to blossom, from flōrescere to bloom]
 
inflo'rescent
 
adj

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A group of flowers growing from a common stem, often in a characteristic arrangement. Also called flower cluster.
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Example sentences for Inflorescences
Peduncle stem holding an inflorescences, or a single flower.
The flowers form ebracteate racemose inflorescences, often apically corymblike.
Organisation there is no general consensus in defining the different
  inflorescences.
The main groups of inflorescences are distinguished by branching.
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