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capitulum


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Capitulum  \Ca*pit"u*lum\,  n.;  pl  {Capitula}.  [L.,  a  small 
  head.] 
  1.  A  thick  head  of  flowers  on  a  very  short  axis,  as  a  clover 
  top  or  a  dandelion;  a  composite  flower.  A  capitulum  may 
  be  either  globular  or  flat.  --Gray. 
 
  2.  (Anat.)  A  knoblike  protuberance  of  any  part  esp.  at  the 
  end  of  a  bone  or  cartilage. 
 
  Note:  [See  Illust.  of  {Artiodactyla}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  capitulum 
  n  1:  a  dense  clusters  of  flowers  or  foliage:  "a  head  of 
  cauliflower";  "a  head  of  lettuce"  [syn:  {head}] 
  2:  fruiting  spike  of  a  cereal  plant  especially  corn  [syn:  {ear}, 
  {spike}] 
  3:  the  upper  branches  and  leaves  of  a  tree  [syn:  {crown},  {treetop}] 




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