Definition of strobilus in English:


Syllabification: stro·bi·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈstrōbələs

noun (plural strobili /-ˌlī/)

  • 1The cone of a pine, fir, or other conifer.
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    • Immature female and male strobili cones were harvested from a 40-year-old Norway spruce tree, 2 weeks prior to pollen release.
    • At the tips of reproductive branches are the ‘cones,’ or strobili, which consist of tightly packed appendages called sporangiophores.
    • Note that this is a strobilus with possible homology to the ovule-bearing cone of conifers.
  • 1.1A conelike structure, such as the flower of the hop.
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    • While many lycophytes have their sporophylls scattered along their stem, most produce them in a strobilus.
    • Unlike most seed plants, however, the pollen and ovule-bearing organs are usually produced together in a bisporangiate strobilus called a flower.


mid 18th century: from late Latin, from Greek strobilos, from strephein 'to twist'.

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