noun, plural strobili [stroh-bahy-lahy] . Botany.
a reproductive structure characterized by overlapping scalelike parts, as a pine cone or the fruit of the hop.
a conelike structure composed of sporophylls, as of the club mosses and horsetails.
Also called strobile [stroh-bahyl, -bil] .

1700–10; < Neo-Latin strobīlus, Late Latin: pine cone < Greek stróbīlos pine cone, whirlwind, whirling dance, derivative of stróbos whirling around Unabridged
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strobilus or strobile (ˈstrəʊbɪləs, ˈstrəʊbaɪl)
n , pl -biluses, -bili, -biles
botany the technical name for cone
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek strobilos a fir cone; see strobila]
strobile or strobile (ˈstrəʊbɪləs, ˈstrəʊbaɪl, -bɪlaɪ)
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek strobilos a fir cone; see strobila]

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strobilus   (strō-bī'ləs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural strobili (strō-bī'lī)
  1. A reproductive structure that consists of sporophylls or scales arranged spirally or in an overlapping fashion along a central stem, as in horsetails, some lycophytes, and many kinds of gymnosperms. For example, the cones of pine trees are strobili.

  2. An inflorescence or ripened multiple fruit in which many floral bracts are arranged in an overlapping fashion, as in the hop plant.

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