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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The production of flowers and fruits on the older branches or trunks of woody plants, such as the redbud, and many mostly tropical plants, including cacao.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bearing of flowers directly on the trunk or branches. See cut under Crescentia.

Etymologies

From Latin caulis, stem + flōs, flōr-, flower; see flower.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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