Definition of racemose in English:



  • 1(of a flower cluster) taking the form of a raceme.

    • ‘This group is morphologically characterized by boat-shaped extrafloral nectar cups and a long inflorescence axis exhibiting a more racemose arrangement of the flowers.’
    • ‘Their inflorescences are racemose or cymose, and aggregated in dichasial units.’
    • ‘Inflorescences are terminal or axillary, and are usually cymose, but less often racemose, capitate, clustered or spicate; the flowers are seldom solitary.’
    • ‘Bracts are initiated acropetally on the racemose inflorescence, or below the terminal flower.’
    1. 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).