thyrse

thyrse

[thurs]
noun Botany.
a compact branching inflorescence, as of the lilac, in which the main axis is indeterminate and the lateral axes are determinate.
Also, thyrsus.


Origin:
1595–1605; < French < Latin thyrsus thyrsus

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thyrse or thyrsus (θɜːs, ˈθɜːsəs)
 
n , pl thyrses, thyrsi
botany a type of inflorescence, occurring in the lilac and grape, in which the main branch is racemose and the lateral branches cymose
 
[C17: from French: thyrsus]
 
thyrsus or thyrsus (θɜːs, ˈθɜːsəs, ˈθɜːsaɪ)
 
n
 
[C17: from French: thyrsus]
 
'thyrsoid or thyrsus
 
adj

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thyrse   (thûrs)  Pronunciation Key 
A dense inflorescence in which the side branches end in cymes, as in the lilac. Also called thyrsus. See more at inflorescence.
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