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sympodium

[sim-poh-dee-uh m] /sɪmˈpoʊ di əm/
noun, plural sympodia
[sim-poh-dee-uh] /sɪmˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA).
Botany
1.
an axis or stem that simulates a simple stem but is made up of the bases of a number of axes that arise successively as branches, one from another, as in the grapevine.
Also called pseudaxis.
Compare monopodium.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin < Greek sym- sym- + pódion small foot, base; see podium
Related forms
sympodial, adjective
sympodially, adverb
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Examples for sympodial
  • They are sympodial growers and will form handsome clumps in only a few years.
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sympodium

/sɪmˈpəʊdɪəm/
noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
1.
the main axis of growth in the grapevine and similar plants: a lateral branch that arises from just behind the apex of the main stem, which ceases to grow, and continues growing in the same direction as the main stem Compare monopodium
Derived Forms
sympodial, adjective
sympodially, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot
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