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[stroh-bahy-luh s] /stroʊˈbaɪ ləs/
noun, plural strobili
[stroh-bahy-lahy] /stroʊˈbaɪ laɪ/ (Show IPA).
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] /ˈstroʊ baɪl, -bɪl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of strobilus
1700-10; < New Latin strobīlus, Late Latin: pine cone < Greek stróbīlos pine cone, whirlwind, whirling dance, derivative of stróbos whirling around Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for strobilus


noun (pl) -biluses, -bili (-bɪlaɪ), -biles
(botany) the technical name for cone (sense 3)
Word Origin
C18: via Late Latin from Greek strobilos a fir cone; see strobila
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strobilus in Science
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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