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

  • adj. Botany Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves.

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  • adj. Arranged in two rows on each side of an axis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed in two rows; biserial; bifarious; dichotomous; specifically, in botany, arranged alternately in two vertical ranks upon opposite sides of the axis, as the leaves of grasses, elms, etc. Also distich.

Etymologies

From Latin distichus, having two rows, from Greek distikhos; see distich.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • JM is planting beans in distichous manner! Sort of a two bean mix really!

    September 22, 2010