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inflorescence

[in-flaw-res-uh ns, -floh-, -fluh-] /ˌɪn flɔˈrɛs əns, -floʊ-, -flə-/
noun
1.
a flowering or blossoming.
2.
Botany.
  1. the arrangement of flowers on the axis.
  2. the flowering part of a plant.
  3. a flower cluster.
  4. flowers collectively.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Neo-Latin inflōrēscentia < Late Latin inflōrēscent- (stem of inflōrēscēns present participle of inflōrēscere to bloom. See in-2, flora, -escent, -ence
Related forms
inflorescent, adjective
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inflorescence

/ˌɪnflɔːˈrɛsəns/
noun
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
Derived Forms
inflorescent, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin inflōrēscentia, from Late Latin inflōrescere to blossom, from flōrescere to bloom
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inflorescence
  (ĭn'flə-rěs'əns)   

A group of flowers growing from a common stem, often in a characteristic arrangement. Also called flower cluster.
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