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- n. , a type of monochasium on which the successive axes arise alternately in respect to the preceding one; a scorpioid cyme.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of monochasium in which the lateral branches arise alternately on opposite sides of the false axis; -- called also scorpioid cyme.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a form of definite inflorescence in which the successive axes arise alternately to the right and left of the preceding one, in distinction from the bostryx, in which the suppression is all on one side; a uniparous scorpioid cyme. Also cicinnus.
And that's not the end of the story, since it came from cincinnus, ` curly, 'and before that from Greek kikinnos which meant both a ` curl,' and a ` fop '