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Unusual regularity in the form of a flower that is normally irregular.

[New Latin, from Greek pelōros, monstrous, from pelōr, monster; see kwer- in Indo-European roots.]

pe·lor′ic (-lôr′ĭk, -lŏr′-) adj.
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(pɛˈlɔːrɪə) or


(Botany) the abnormal production of actinomorphic flowers in a plant of a species that usually produces zygomorphic flowers
[C19: via New Latin from Greek pelōros, from pelōr monster]
peloric, pelorian, ˈpeloˌrized, ˈpeloˌrised adj
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the phenomenon of a regular structure appearing as an abnormality in flowers which are usually irregular. Also called epanody. — peloric, pelorian, adj.
See also: Flowers
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Possibly, these several differences may be connected with some difference in the flow of nutriment towards the central and external flowers: we know, at least, that in irregular flowers, those nearest to the axis are oftenest subject to peloria, and become regular.