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n. pl. stro·bi·li (-bī′lī)
1. A cone of a gymnosperm or of a seedless vascular plant such as a horsetail or a club moss.
2. Any of various similar structures, such as the female inflorescence of a hop plant, which is composed of small flowers obscured by overlapping green bracts.

[Late Latin, pine cone, from Greek strobilos, twisted object, pine cone, from strobos, a whirling; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

stro′bi·la′ceous (-bə-lā′shəs) adj.


(ˈstrəʊbɪləs) ,




n, pl -biluses, -bili (-bɪlaɪ) , -bils or -biles
(Botany) botany the technical name for cone3
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek strobilos a fir cone; see strobila]


(stroʊˈbaɪ ləs)

also stro•bile

(ˈstroʊ baɪl, -bɪl)

n., pl. -bi•li (-bī′lī) also -biles.
1. a reproductive structure characterized by overlapping scalelike parts, as a pine cone or the fruit of the hop.
2. a conelike structure composed of sporophylls, as in the club mosses and horsetails.
[1700–10; < New Latin strobīlus, Late Latin: pine cone < Greek stróbīlos pine cone, whirlwind, derivative of stróbos whirling around]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strobilus - cone-shaped mass of ovule- or spore-bearing scales or bractsstrobilus - cone-shaped mass of ovule- or spore-bearing scales or bracts
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
fir cone - the seed-producing cone of a fir tree
galbulus - the seed-producing cone of a cypress tree
pinecone - the seed-producing cone of a pine tree
conifer, coniferous tree - any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
horsetail - perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America
club moss, club-moss, lycopod - primitive evergreen moss-like plant with spores in club-shaped strobiles
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The species has separate male and female plants and only the female vines produce the cones, or strobiles as they are sometimes called.
These items, as well as more calorific foods, such as strobiles of Norway spruce, inflorescences of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) and fruits of glossy buckthorn, have not previously been recorded in the diet of D.
The female flowers are in leafy conelike catkins called strobiles.