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sinistrorse

Syllabification: sin·is·trorse
Pronunciation: /ˈsinəˌstrôrs
 
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Definition of sinistrorse in English:

adjective

Rising toward the left, especially of the spiral stem of a plant.
Example sentences
  • The reflectors are disposed along two successive helical paths, one of which is sinistrorse and the other of which is dextrorse.
  • We can notice that currently the framework presents three plates with the rectangular sector on the right and two plates with the rectangular sector on the left and that the framework is sinistrorse.
  • Wisteria floribunda, the Japanese wisteria, twines clockwise and W. sinensis, the Chinese wisteria, twines anti-clockwise (sinistrorse).

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin sinistrorsus, from sinister 'left' + vertere 'turn'.

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