raceme [rey-seem, ruh-] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for raceme on Thesaurus.com noun Botany.

  1. a simple indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are borne on short pedicels lying along a common axis, as in the lily of the valley.
  2. a compound inflorescence in which the short pedicels with single flowers of the simple raceme are replaced by racemes.

Origin of raceme First recorded in 1775–85, raceme is from the Latin word racēmus cluster of grapes, bunch of berriesRelated formsra·cemed, adjective Related Words for raceme pyramid, conoid, raceme, strobile Examples from the Web for raceme Historical Examples of raceme

  • This form of inflorescence is known technically as a “raceme.”

    Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

    Douglas Houghton Campbell

  • Spike, an inflorescence like a raceme, only the flowers are sessile, 74.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Now this plant produces several flowers on a raceme and many racemes during a season.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)

    Charles Darwin

  • The leaves of this plant are linear and channelled, and the drooping flowers form a raceme of from six to twelve blooms.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • In this specimen a raceme of small flowers was included within the enlarged pericarp of a species of Anchusa.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • British Dictionary definitions for raceme raceme noun

    1. an inflorescence in which the flowers are borne along the main stem, with the oldest flowers at the base. It can be simple, as in the foxglove, or compoundSee panicle

    Word Origin for raceme C18: from Latin racēmus bunch of grapes Word Origin and History for raceme n.

    type of flower cluster, 1785, from Latin racemus “a cluster of grapes” (see raisin). Related: Racemic; racemism.

    raceme in Medicine raceme [rā-sēm′, rə-] n.

    1. An optically inactive chemical compound.

    raceme in Science raceme [rə-sēm′]

    1. An indeterminate inflorescence in which each flower grows on its own stalk from a common stem. The lily of the valley and snapdragon have racemes. See illustration at inflorescence.

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