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Pronunciation:  `inflow'resuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
  2. [n]  the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms

INFLORESCENCE is a 13 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: anthesis, blossoming, efflorescence, florescence, flowering
 See Also: ament, bloom, blossom, bract, catkin, corymb, cyme, development, flower, flower head, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny, raceme, spike, umbel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Flowerhead of a plant.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The group or arrangement in which flowers are borne on a plant.