dextrorse

adjective

dex·​trorse
ˈdekˌstrȯrs
variants or less commonly dextrorsal
(ˈ)dek¦strȯrsəl
1
of a plant or its parts : twining spirally upward around an axis from left to right:
a
: twining clockwise (as in the hop) when the observer's point of view is felt to be within or above the spiral
b
: twining counterclockwise (as in the morning glory) when the observer's point of view is felt to be outside the spiral compare sinistrorse
2
dextrorsely adverb

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextrorse. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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