Definitions

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

  • n. A characteristic arrangement of flowers on a stem.
  • n. A flower cluster.
  • n. A flowering.

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  • n. flower cluster
  • n. a beginning to flower

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flowering; the putting forth and unfolding of blossoms.
  • n.
  • n. The mode of flowering, or the general arrangement and disposition of the flowers with reference to the axis, and to each other.
  • n. An axis on which all the buds are flower buds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beginning to blossom; a flowering; the unfolding of blossoms.
  • n. In botany, the arrangement of flowers on the axis and in relation to each other.
  • n. See the adjectives.
  • n. In botany:
  • n. The portion of a plant devoted to reproduction, including the flowers, peduncles, rachides, general axes, flower-stalks, scapes, etc.

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

  • n. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
  • n. the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk

Etymologies

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

New Latin īnflōrēscentia, from Late Latin īnflōrēscēns, īnflōrēscent-, present participle of īnflōrēscere, to begin to flower : Latin in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + Latin flōrēscere, to begin to blossom; see florescence.

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From Latin inflorescentia, from inflorescere ("to begin to flower"), inchoative verb of florere ("to flower").

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