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pap·pus

 (păp′əs)
n. pl. pap·pi (păp′ī)
A modified calyx, composed of scales, bristles, or featherlike hairs, in plants of the composite family, such as the dandelion and the thistle.

[Latin, old man, down on certain seeds, from Greek pappos; see papa in Indo-European roots.]

pap′pose (-ōs) adj.
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pappus

(ˈpæpəs)
n, pl pappi (ˈpæpaɪ)
(Botany) a ring of fine feathery hairs surrounding the fruit in composite plants, such as the thistle; aids dispersal of the fruits by the wind
[C18: via New Latin, from Greek pappos grandfather, old man, old man's beard, hence: pappus, down]
ˈpappose, ˈpappous adj
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pap•pus

(ˈpæp əs)

n., pl. pap•pi (ˈpæp aɪ)
a downy, bristly, or other tuftlike appendage of the achene of certain plants, as the dandelion and thistle.
[1695–1705; < New Latin < Greek páppos down, literally, grandfather (taken as greybeard, white hairs, down)]
pap′pose (-oʊs) adj.
pap′pous (-əs) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pappus - calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelionspappus - calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelions
calyx - (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
thistledown - pappus of a thistle consisting of silky featherlike hairs attached to the seed-like fruit of a thistle
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Lockhart employs this resourcefully in determining the volumes and surface area of a sphere and a torus, the latter result first appearing in a work by Pappus.
This can be achieved using the second theorem of Pappus, that states: "The volume V of a solid of revolution generated by the revolution of a lamina about an external axis is equal to the product of the area A of the lamina and the distance d traveled by the lamina's geometric centroid [bar.x]" [12].
most students have limited knowledge about configurations--except perhaps the Pappus (9,3), the Desargue (10,3), and the Petersen graph (the logo on the cover of the Journal of Graph Theory)."
Fruit dry nut (achene) often with hairs on top (pappus) with inner wall.
Each flower head produces [approximately equal to] 73 seeds (mean), which are up to 4 mm long (Turner and Herr 1996) and with a pappus (set of bristles) that aids dispersal.
Ramas laterales de la inflorescencia generalmente mas desarrollados que el eje principal; filarias blanquecinas inte-riormente; capitulo mas de 10 mm diametro, pappus blanco o rosado C.