unbranched

adjective

un·​branched ˌən-ˈbrancht How to pronounce unbranched (audio)
1
: having no branches
a straight unbranched trunk
2
: not divided into branches
a leaf with unbranched veins

Examples of unbranched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flower of the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanium) is the largest unbranched flower in the world and can reach up to 15 feet tall. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 Curiosity was high for the pungent plant, which grew a reputation for being the world’s largest flower (although that’s not entirely true — the corpse flower is actually the largest unbranched inflorescence). Cari Spencer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 The corpse flower is the largest unbranched flower in the world, another point of attraction. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2023 Titan arums boast the world’s largest unbranched inflorescences — massive, phallic structures boasting thousands of miniature flowers. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2021 It’s also believed that the unbranched feathers observed in theropod dinosaurs served a similar purpose. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Though there was no photo in the paper itself, the orgasm-inducing mushroom was described: The mature Fruit body is from 7 cm to about 20 cm in height, unbranched, with a roughly bell shaped cap tightly attached to the stalk. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2016 Resembling a star, these have bumps and unbranched arms. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2022 The second legal buck must have at least one unbranched antler. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 27 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbranched was in 1665

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“Unbranched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbranched. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

unbranched

adjective
un·​branched ˌən-ˈbrancht How to pronounce unbranched (audio)
: free from or not divided into branches
a tree with a straight unbranched trunk
a leaf with unbranched veins

Medical Definition

unbranched

adjective
un·​branched -ˈbrancht How to pronounce unbranched (audio)
1
: having no branches
unbranched filaments
2
: having a straight chain of atoms in a molecule : normal sense 4d
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