Umbel Um"bel, n. [L. umbella a little shadow, umbrella, dim. of umbra shade. See {Umbrella}.] (Bot.) A kind of flower cluster in which the flower stalks radiate from a common point, as in the carrot and milkweed. It is simple or compound; in the latter case, each peduncle bears another little umbel, called umbellet, or umbellule. [1913 Webster]

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  • umbel — ► NOUN Botany ▪ a flower cluster in which stalks spring from a common centre and form a flat or curved surface. DERIVATIVES umbellate adjective. ORIGIN Latin umbella sunshade …   English terms dictionary

  • umbel — [um′bəl] n. [L umbella, parasol: see UMBRELLA] a cluster of flowers with stalks of nearly equal length which spring from about the same point, like the ribs of an umbrella: see INFLORESCENCE, illus. adj. designating a family (Apiaceae, order… …   English World dictionary

  • umbel — /ˈʌmbəl / (say umbuhl) noun an inflorescence in which a number of flower stalks or pedicels, nearly equal in length, spread from a common centre, called a simple umbel when each pedicel is terminated by a single flower, and a compound umbel when… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Umbel — An umbel is an inflorescence which consists of a number of short flower stalks (called pedicels) which are equal in length and spread from a common point, somewhat like umbrella ribs. Umbels are a characteristic of plants such as carrot, parsley …   Wikipedia

  • umbel —   n. umbrella like inflorescence with stalks of equal length springing from one point, as in carrot.    ♦ umbellar,    ♦ umbellate,    ♦ umbelliferous, a. having flowers in this shape.    ♦ umbellifer, n. plant having umbel, or belonging to… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • umbel — noun Etymology: New Latin umbella, from Latin, umbrella more at umbrella Date: 1597 a racemose inflorescence typical of the carrot family in which the pedicels arise from about the same point to form a flat or rounded flower cluster see… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • umbel — n. [L. umbella, a sunshade] 1. An arrangement in which a number of processes, nearly equal in length, spread from a common center. 2. (CNIDARIA: Anthozoa) In Umbellulidae, polyps coming from a common center, forming a cluster, as in the… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • umbel — /um beuhl/, n. Bot. an inflorescence in which a number of flower stalks or pedicels, nearly equal in length, spread from a common center. See illus. under inflorescence. [1590 1600; < L umbella a sunshade, parasol, deriv. of umbra shadow, shade;… …   Universalium

  • umbel — noun A flat topped or rounded flower cluster (= inflorescence) in which the individual flower stalks arise from the same point, the youngest flowers being at the centre. See Also: umbellet, umbellule, Umbelliferae …   Wiktionary

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