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ca·pit·u·lum

 (kə-pĭch′ə-ləm)
n. pl. ca·pit·u·la (-lə)
1. A compact cluster of sessile flowers, often surrounded by involucral bracts, as of daisies and other composite plants.
2. A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.

[Latin, diminutive of caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]
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capitulum

(kəˈpɪtjʊləm)
n, pl -la (-lə)
1. (Botany) a racemose inflorescence in the form of a disc of sessile flowers, the youngest at the centre. It occurs in the daisy and related plants
2. (Anatomy) anatomy zoology a headlike part, esp the enlarged knoblike terminal part of a long bone, antenna, etc
3. (Zoology) anatomy zoology a headlike part, esp the enlarged knoblike terminal part of a long bone, antenna, etc
[C18: from Latin, literally: a little head, from caput head]
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ca•pit•u•lum

(kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə).
any globose or knoblike part, as a flower head or the head of a bone.
[1715–25; < Latin: small head; see chapter]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capitulum - a dense cluster of flowers or foliage; "a head of cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce"
plant organ - a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
2.capitulum - fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
corn, Indian corn, maize, Zea mays - tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
mealie - an ear of corn
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
3.capitulum - an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a treecapitulum - an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a tree
treetop, crown - the upper branches and leaves of a tree or other plant
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