raceme

noun
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 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, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 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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“Raceme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raceme. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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