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

  • n. An inflorescence having stalked flowers arranged singly along an elongated unbranched axis, as in the lily of the valley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flower cluster with an elongated axis and many one-flowered lateral pedicels, as in the currant and chokecherry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Latin racēmus, a bunch of grapes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin racēmus ("cluster, bunch"). (Wiktionary)

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