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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.
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(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]
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(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]
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
On average, 41.8% of the fresh weight of the strobilus consists of the seeds, 50.7% of the empty-seeds and 7.5% of its central axis (MANTOVANI et al., 2004).
However, data collection on cone production was easier, cheaper, and more accurate than that of strobilus count.
Exceptionally well preserved sporangia of the Permian Petrified Noeggerathialean strobilus Discinites sinensis Wang.
An infusion of the leaves strobilus and stalks as hop tea taken by the wineglassful two or three times daily in the early spring is good for sluggish livers.
The fruit-like strobilus consists of little skin and a large nut-like seed that is 2-4 cm long inside, with both the fruits and leaves being very popular in Indonesian cuisines.
Likewise, recent studies of strobilus structure and ontogeny in E.
mega, groot + dora, geskenke) is Barend Beursen, die slaaf Strobilus (Gr.
Most species are cryptic, and specimens have been found mainly among vegetable debris, the bases of banana and Pandanus leaves, in the staminate strobilus of Cycas, in hollow trees, and in caves (Usinger 1946; Miller 1954; Wygodzinsky & Usinger 1960; Wygodzinsky & Maldonado Capriles 1972; Schuh & Slater 1995).