scorpioid

Related to scorpioid: scorpioid cyme

scor·pi·oid

 (skôr′pē-oid′)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a scorpion.
2. Botany Having a zig-zag shape as a result of buds being produced alternately on opposite sides of the peduncle: a scorpioid cyme.

[Greek skorpioeidēs, scorpionlike : skorpios, scorpion + -oeidēs, -oid.]
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scorpioid

(ˈskɔːpɪˌɔɪd)
adj
1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling scorpions or the order (Scorpionida) to which they belong
2. (Botany) botany (esp of a cymose inflorescence) having the main stem coiled during development
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In April 1837 John Miers collected close to Rio de Janeiro a curious, achlorophyllous, almost leafless plant, with a slender, rarely branched stem, bearing a terminal bifurcate, cincinnous (scorpioid cyme) inflorescence (Miers 1841).
A type of inflorescence in which there is a single terminal flower, and below this a single branch bearing one or more younger flowers; variations of coiled and zigzag patterns include helicoid, cincinnus, bostryx, and scorpioid.
In contrast, the flowers or branches of the scorpioid cyme develop alternately to the left and right, rather than only in one direction, resulting in a zigzag pattern.
Each stem produces one to several scorpioid inflorescences in which the pendulous flowers open sequentially over the course of the flowering period ([approximately equal to]6 wk in southcentral Alaska).
It lies within him yet, malevolent, scorpioid. It is only a matter of time before the beast will rise again.