in|flo|res|cence «IHN fl REHS uhns, -floh-», noun.
1. a) the way in which the flowers of a plant are arranged on the stem or axis and in relation to each other; the flowering system; anthotaxy. The two fundamental types of inflorescence are determinate and indeterminate. b) a flower cluster. c) the part of a plant bearing flowers. d) one flower, if occurring on a plant bearing a single flower, such as the tulip.
2. a beginning to blossom; flowering stage.
[< New Latin inflorescentia (coined by Linnaeus) < Latin in- in + flōrēscere begin to blossom < flōrēre to blossom < flōs, flōris a blossom, flower]

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