Definitions

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

  • noun An inflorescence having stalked flowers arranged singly along an elongated unbranched axis, with the flowers at the bottom opening first.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cluster; specifically, in botany, a simple inflorescence of the centripetal or indeterminate type, in which the several or many flowers are borne on somewhat equal axillary pedicels along a relatively lengthened axis or rachis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A flower cluster with an elongated axis and many one-flowered lateral pedicels, as in the currant and chokecherry.
  • noun one having the lower pedicels developed into secondary racemes.

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

  • noun botany An indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged along a single central axis.

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

  • noun usually elongate cluster of flowers along the main stem in which the flowers at the base open first

Etymologies

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

[Latin racēmus, a bunch of grapes.]

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From Latin racēmus ("cluster, bunch").

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