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An inflorescence with clusters of cymes arising in pairs in the axils of opposite bracts, as in most mints.

[New Latin verticillastēr : Latin verticillus, whorl; see verticil + Latin astēr, star; see aster.]

ver′ti·cil·las′trate′ (-trāt′) adj.
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(Botany) botany an inflorescence, such as that of the dead-nettle, that resembles a whorl but consists of two crowded cymes on either side of the stem
[C19: from New Latin; see verticil, -aster]
verticillastrate adj
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