Definitions

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

  • n. A dense, paniclelike flower cluster, as of the lilac, in which the lateral branches terminate in cymes.

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  • n. A type of inflorescence; a compact panicle having an obscured main axis and cymose subaxes
  • n. A thyrsus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thyrsus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as thyrsus, 1.
  • n. In botany, a contracted or ovate panicle, being a mixed or compound form of inflorescence in which the primary ramification is centripetal and the secondary or ultimate is centrifugal.
  • n. A small earthenware vessel, of a form resembling that of a pine-cone, especially such a vessel of ancient make.

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

  • n. a dense flower cluster (as of the lilac or horse chestnut) in which the main axis is racemose and the branches are cymose

Etymologies

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

Latin thyrsus, thyrsus; see thyrsus.

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From Ancient Greek θύρσος (thursos) via Latin thyrsus and French thyrse.

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