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

  • n. A flat-topped or rounded flower cluster in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point, as in the geranium, milkweed, onion, and chive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat-topped or rounded flower-cluster (= inflorescence) in which the individual flower stalks arise from the same point, the youngest flowers being at the centre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of flower cluster in which the flower stalks radiate from a common point, as in the carrot and milkweed. It is simple or compound; in the latter case, each peduncle bears another little umbel, called umbellet, or umbellule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the spicular elements of the hexactinellid sponges, a straight shaft or rhabd with rays at one end grouped together in the form of an umbel.
  • n. An inflorescence consisting of a number of flower-stalks or pedicels, nearly equal in length, spreading from a common center, their summits forming a level, convex, or even globose surface, more rarely a concave one, as in the carrot. See cuts under inflorescence, Thapsia, and Œnanthe.
  • n. In zoology, an umbelliform tuft, cluster, or group of parts, as of polypites borne upon a polypidom. See cut under Umbellularia.

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

  • n. flat-topped or rounded inflorescence characteristic of the family Umbelliferae in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point; youngest flowers are at the center


New Latin umbella, from Latin, parasol, diminutive of umbra, shadow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin umbella ("umbrella") (Wiktionary)


  • At the top is the "seed" pod, more properly called the umbel, which contains the flowers and bulbils.

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  • … its not classified as umbel-sc: Bird in the linked database

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  • The funniest bit, though, is the wide-eyed wonder with which the word 'umbel' is introduced and discussed.

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  • In sun The white umbel Seseli libanotus with upright Thalictrum 'Elin' with grasses to add movement.

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  • Another good association could bethe white umbel Seseli libanotus with the purple-tinted foliage of theupright Thalictrum 'Elin'.

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  • Right now they have sent up a green umbel that is sturdy but relaxed at the same time.

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  • Some garlic varieties give improved yields if the scape is cut before umbel development.

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  • The umbel pod is covered in by the spathe, which often has a pronounced beak.

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  • His beard had grown in to the spiky stage and his hair stood up in a stiff umbel, uncut; no Roman wore a beard or long hair save after a death or some other huge calamity.

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  • Yes, she is the queen of umbel family with greenish-yellow flowers and aromatic and curled leaves.

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  • Umbelliferous plants can be shy.
    Their modesty, I’m told, is why
    The dish that’s essential
    To the most deferential
    Is a steaming slice of umbel pie.

    May 25, 2015

  • "A crude picture of a plant had been drawn on the front in brownish ink; something with an upright stalk and what looked like umbels."
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 144

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