American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A conelike structure, such as a pine cone, the fruit of the hop, or a cone of a club moss, that consists of overlapping sporophylls spirally arranged along a central axis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as strobile, 1.
- n. botany cone
- n. zoology A layered reproductive stage in jellyfish, in which the swimming medusa form is produced.
- n. cone-shaped mass of ovule- or spore-bearing scales or bracts
- Late Latin, pine cone, from Greek strobilos, twisted object, pine cone, from strobos, a whirling; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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