plural bostryces
or bostryxes
: a cyme with all the flowers on one side of the rachis usually causing it to curl

called also helicoid cyme

Word History


New Latin, irregular from Greek bostrychos curl; akin to Old High German questa apron of leaves, Old Swedish kvaster, koster tuft, brush, Norwegian kvas small branches when cut off, Latin vespices thick shrubbery, Albanian (Gheg) ghethi leaf, Sanskrit guṣpita accumulation

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“Bostryx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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