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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.
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||strobilus - 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
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