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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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British Dictionary definitions for inflorescent

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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Word Origin and History for inflorescent

inflorescence

n.

1760, from Modern Latin inflorescentia, from Late Latin inflorescentem (nominative inflorescens) "flowering," present participle of Latin inflorescere "to come to flower," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + florescere "to begin to bloom" (see flourish).

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inflorescent in Science
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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