variants or less commonly dextrorsal
of a plant or its parts : twining spirally upward around an axis from left to right:
: twining clockwise (as in the hop) when the observer's point of view is felt to be within or above the spiral
: twining counterclockwise (as in the morning glory) when the observer's point of view is felt to be outside the spiral compare sinistrorse
dextrorsely adverb

Word History


dextrorse from New Latin dextrorsus, from Latin dextrorsum, dextrorsus toward the right side, from dexter relating to or situated on the right + versus, past participle of vertere to turn; dextrorsal from New Latin dextrorsus + English -al

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“Dextrorse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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