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
These composites have an inflorescence within an inflorescence.
The inflorescence is the flowering part of the plant, and consists of a central shaft called a spadix.
Soft rush has a lateral inflorescence that appears to erupt from the side of the stem.
The developing inflorescence segments were totally enveloped in the foliage leaves.
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