Capitulum meaning

kə-pĭchə-ləm
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A compact cluster of sessile flowers, often surrounded by involucral bracts, as of daisies and other composite plants.
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A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.
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(anat., zool.) A knoblike part, as at the end of a bone in a joint.
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A compact cluster of sessile flowers, often surrounded by involucral bracts, as of daisies and other composite plants.
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A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.
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A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.
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An inflorescence consisting of a compact mass of small stalkless flowers, as in the English daisy. The yellow central portion of the capitulum of a daisy consists of disk flowers, while the outer white, petallike structures are actually ray flowers. The capitulum is the characteristic inflorescence of the composite family (Asteraceae) of flowering plants.
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(botany) A densely clustered inflorescence composed of a large number of individual florets arising from a platform-like base.
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(arachnology) The head-like mouthpart apparatus of a tick, including the palpi, mandibles, and hypostome.
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(anatomy) A small protuberance on a bone which articulates into another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint.
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Origin of capitulum

  • Latin diminutive of caput capit- head kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin capitulum

    From Wiktionary