noun bos·tryx \ˈbästriks\

Definition of bostryx



\-rə̇ˌsēz\ or


  1. :  a cyme with all the flowers on one side of the rachis usually causing it to curl —called also helicoid cyme

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Origin and Etymology of bostryx

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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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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