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

  • n. A dense, short, compact cluster of sessile flowers, as of composite plants or clover. Also called capitulum.
  • n. A very dense grouping of flower buds, as in broccoli and cauliflower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compact cluster of florets having the appearance of a single flower (as in the daisy family)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a compound flower in which all the florets are sessile on their receptacle, as in the case of the daisy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a form of inflorescence consisting of a dense cluster of florets sessile upon the shortened summit of the axis, as in the Composit├Ž.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shortened compact cluster of flowers so arranged that the whole gives the effect of a single flower as in clover or members of the family Compositae

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