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English Dictionary: inflorescence by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
inflorescence
n
  1. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
    Synonym(s): blossoming, flowering, florescence, inflorescence, anthesis, efflorescence
  2. the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Inflorescence \In`flo*res"cence\, n. [L. inflorescens, p. pr. of
      inflorescere to begin to blossom; pref. in- in + florescere
      to begin to blossom: cf.F. inflorescence. See {Florescent}.]
      1. A flowering; the putting forth and unfolding of blossoms.
  
      2. (Bot.)
            (a) The mode of flowering, or the general arrangement and
                  disposition of the flowers with reference to the axis,
                  and to each other.
            (b) An axis on which all the flower buds.
  
                           Inflorescence affords an excellent
                           characteristic mark in distinguishing the
                           species of plants.                        --Milne.
  
      {Centrifugal inflorescence}, determinate inflorescence.
  
      {Centripetal inflorescence}, indeterminate inflorescence. See
            under {Determinate}, and {Indeterminate}.
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