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

  • n. Botany A primary axis that develops from a series of short lateral branches and often has a zigzag or irregular form, as in orchids of the genus Cattleya. Also called pseudaxis.

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  • n. A pattern of branching, similar to dichotomous branching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An axis or stem produced by dichotomous branching in which one of the branches is regularly developed at the expense of the other, as in the grapevine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, an axis or stem which imitates a simple stem, but is made up of the bases of a number of axes which arise successively as branches one from another. The grape-vine furnishes a perfect example. Compare monopodium and dichotomy. Also called pseudo-axis.

Etymologies

New Latin : syn- + Greek podion, base (from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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