American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Botany Growing in tufts or clumps.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, growing in low tufty patches.
- In entomology, matted; tangled: applied to a surface when it is thickly covered with long and irregularly commingled hairs. Also cespitous.
- adj. botany Having the form of piece of turf, i.e. many stems from one rootstock or from many entangled rootstocks or roots.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Having the form a piece of turf, i. e., many stems from one rootstock or from many entangled rootstocks or roots.
- adj. (of plants) growing in small dense clumps or tufts
- Latin caespes ("turf"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin caespitōsus, from Latin caespes, caespit-, turf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The season was rainy, and the plants appeared each day during quite a long period, sometimes large numbers of them covering a small area, but they were not clustered nor cespitose.”
“I have never seen it cespitose, never more than two specimens growing near each other.”
“It is easily recognized by its dense cespitose habit, the deep blood red juice, the hollow stem, and the crenate or denticulate sterile margin of the cap.”
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