One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a flower cluster) taking the form of a raceme.
- ‘Inflorescences are terminal or axillary, and are usually cymose, but less often racemose, capitate, clustered or spicate; the flowers are seldom solitary.’
- ‘Their inflorescences are racemose or cymose, and aggregated in dichasial units.’
- ‘This group is morphologically characterized by boat-shaped extrafloral nectar cups and a long inflorescence axis exhibiting a more racemose arrangement of the flowers.’
- ‘Bracts are initiated acropetally on the racemose inflorescence, or below the terminal flower.’
- 1.1Anatomy (especially of compound glands) having the form of a cluster.
- ‘It is a long racemose (ie, resembling a cluster of grapes) gland situated behind the stomach, stretching from the duodenum to the spleen.’
Late 17th century: from Latin racemosus, from racemus (see raceme).
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