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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 cylindrical strobili of Asterophyllites grandis possess bracts similar to the vegetative leaves, and sporangiophores situated at about middle distance between verticils.
Strobili appear before the new leaves; male strobili many and sessile in whorled, short, crowded clusters near ends of twigs, mostly in lower part of the crown; mature cones usually reflexed, symmetrical; cone scales reflexed or wide spreading, thin, flat, dark chocolate-brown on inner surfaces; seeds narrowly ovoid, about twice as long as broad, pointed at both ends, three angled, averaging less than 6mm long, 3mm wide, black, mottled grey or light brown.
3g), but with the plants essentially dioecious because strobili are functionally unisporangiate, even though they may appear morphologically to be bisporangiate, especially in the functional male cones (Kato et al.
Pollen strobili two to six per stem apex, to 14 x 3 cm, yellow-beige tomentose, peduncles to 6.
Ontogeny of strobili, sporangia development and sporogenesis in Equisetum giganteum (Equisetaceae) from the Colombian Andes.
The influence of florivores perhaps is not surprising, given the close association between insects and flowering plants likely developed as an initially antagonistic relationship, due to the increased attractiveness of flowers as food items of early angiosperm flowers relative to gymnosperm strobili (Frame, 2003).
In a mast year, 70% of all plants in a population may produce strobili, while as few as 2% of plants may produce seed in non-mast years (Ballardie and Whelan 1986:100).
The ancient dumping in Modena contained lamps by the most famous brands of the time: Strobili, Communis, Phoetaspi, Eucarpi and Fortis.
Rhizomes with nodal buds; aerial stems green with whorls of reduced, nonfunctional leaves; internodes hollow; strobili terminal.
It is a gymnosperm like pine trees, cypresses, and cycads, but although it produces strobili (cones), its appearance is so distinctive that the family Welwitschiaceae had to be created for it.
In forest trees, such effects would be accentuated by the temperature dependence of phenologic events that include the maturation of both male and female strobili.