ra·​ceme | \ rā-ˈsēm How to pronounce raceme (audio) , rə- \

Definition of raceme

: a simple inflorescence (as in the lily of the valley) in which the flowers are borne on short stalks of about equal length at equal distances along an elongated axis and open in succession toward the apex — see inflorescence illustration

Examples of raceme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flowers are born in an upright raceme or cluster of blooms opening from the bottom and moving upwards. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 25 July 2022 Forming large bushes with dangling racemes of white, pink or red flowers, the nectar-rich blooms are a magnet for hummers in the late winter/early spring. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of raceme

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raceme

Latin racemus bunch of grapes; probably akin to Greek rhag-, rhax grape

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30 Jul 2022

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“Raceme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raceme. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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