sympodium[sim pō′dē əm]
sympodium definition by Webster's New World
noun pl. sympodia
Bot. an apparent stem actually made up of a series of axillary branches growing one from another, giving the effect of a simple stem, as in the grape
Origin: ModL: see sym- and amp; -podium
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- sympodial adjective
sympodium definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sym·po·di·a Botany
A primary axis that develops from a series of short lateral branches and often has a zigzag or irregular form, as in orchids of the genus Cattleya. Also called pseudaxis.
Origin: New Latin : syn- + Greek podion, base (from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots).
- sym·poˈdi·al adjective
- sym·poˈdi·al·ly adverb