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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An inflorescence consisting of a small cuplike structure enclosing a female flower and several male flowers, characteristic of plants in the genus Euphorbia, such as the poinsettia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a name occasionally given to the peculiar monœcious inflorescence of Euphorbia, consisting of a cuplike involucre inclosing several naked male flowers, each consisting of a single stamen, and a single naked pistillate flower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One of the specialised pseudanthia ("false flowers") forming the inflorescence of euphorbias.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from kuathion, diminutive of kuathos, ladle.]

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