from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cymose inflorescence resembling a whorl but actually arising in the axils of opposite bracts, as in most mints.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A whorl of flowers apparently of one cluster, but composed of two opposite axillary cymes, as in mint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A whorl of flowers apparently of one cluster, but composed of two opposite axillary cymes, as in mint. See Illust. of whorl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botonay, a form of inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged in a seeming whorl, consisting in fact of a pair of opposite axillary, usually sessile, cymes or clusters, as in many of the Labiatæ.
New Latin verticillastēr : Latin verticillus, whorl; see verticil + Latin astēr, star; see aster.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin verticillus a whirl + aster a star. (Wiktionary)