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1The cone of a pine, fir, or other conifer.
- ‘In this case, ‘cone’ is a colloquial term for a woody strobilus.’
- ‘At the tips of reproductive branches are the ‘cones,’ or strobili, which consist of tightly packed appendages called sporangiophores.’
- ‘Note that this is a strobilus with possible homology to the ovule-bearing cone of conifers.’
- ‘The microsporophylls of cycads are arranged in strobili and bear clusters of microsporangia on their abaxial surface.’
- ‘Immature female and male strobili cones were harvested from a 40-year-old Norway spruce tree, 2 weeks prior to pollen release.’
- 1.1A conelike structure, such as the flower of the hop.
- ‘Unlike most seed plants, however, the pollen and ovule-bearing organs are usually produced together in a bisporangiate strobilus called a flower.’
- ‘While many lycophytes have their sporophylls scattered along their stem, most produce them in a strobilus.’
Mid 18th century: from late Latin, from Greek strobilos, from strephein to twist.
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