Definition of distichous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdistikəs/


(Of parts) arranged alternately in two opposite vertical rows.
Example sentences
  • Castilla also has plagiotropic branches that are arranged continuously along monopodial trunks and bear distichous leaves.
  • Poaceae species present a conserved distichous phyllotaxy (leaf position along the stem) and share common properties with respect to leaf initiation.
  • Phyllotaxy ranges from distichous to having 56 rows of leaves and is not restricted to Fibonacci numbers.



Example sentences
  • Leaves of this species are distichously arrayed on horizontal branches, and often hang down by 10-40° from the horizontal plane.
  • Each floret is in the axil of a chaffy bract and these are arranged spirally or distichously in spikelets.
  • These initials are distichously arranged as would be found in teosinte or lateral branches of the maize tassel.


Mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek distikhos (see distich) + -ous.

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Syllabification: dis·ti·chous

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