Definition of dichasium in English:

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Pronunciation: /dīˈkāZH(ē)əm/ Pronunciation: /-zēəm/

noun (plural dichasia /-ZHēə/ /-zēə/)

A cyme in which each flowering branch gives rise to two or more branches symmetrically placed.
Example sentences
  • A flowering plant consists of a rosette of hairy basal leaves with long petioles, and from one to several flowering shoots, up to 50 cm tall, each bearing a dichasium of several to many flowers.
  • All the species studied have cyathia arranged in pleiochasia and each pleiochasial branch forms several pleiochasia or dichasia; the degree of branching in the inflorescence is variable.
  • But if two buds of a sympodial branch sprout at the same time, a more or less fork-shaped pattern, a dichasium, is formed.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from di-1 'two' + Greek khasis 'separation'.

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Syllabification: di·cha·si·um

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