sym·​po·​di·​um | \ simˈpōdēəm \
plural sympodia\ -​ēə \

Definition of sympodium

: an apparent main axis (as in the grapevine) not developed from a terminal bud but made up of successive secondary axes each of which represents one fork of a dichotomy the other fork of which is of weaker growth or suppressed entirely — compare monopodium

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History and Etymology for sympodium

New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion small foot, base

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“Sympodium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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