• WordNet 3.6
    • n umbel flat-topped or rounded inflorescence characteristic of the family Umbelliferae in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point; youngest flowers are at the center
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Umbel (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n umbel In the spicular elements of the hexactinellid sponges, a straight shaft or rhabd with rays at one end grouped together in the form of an umbel.
    • n umbel An inflorescence consisting of a number of flower-stalks or pedicels, nearly equal in length, spreading from a common center, their summits forming a level, convex, or even globose surface, more rarely a concave one, as in the carrot. See cuts under inflorescence, Thapsia, and Œnanthe.
    • n umbel In zoology, an umbelliform tuft, cluster, or group of parts, as of polypites borne upon a polypidom. See cut under Umbellularia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Umbel um′bel a form of flower in which a number of stalks, each bearing a flower, radiate from one centre
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. umbella, a little shadow, umbrella, dim. of umbra, shade. See Umbrella
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. umbella, dim. of umbra, a shade.


In literature:

Composite flowers and umbels therefore have, as a rule, fewer rays on weak branches than on the strong main ones.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
Some thirty years ago I began to investigate the little purple flowers in the centre of the umbels of the carrot.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
A native species of low, and bushy growth, with close umbels or terminal clusters of pretty pinky flowers.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
They grew from an umbel, and the Primrose is closely related to the Cowslip.
"Wildflowers of the Farm" by Arthur Owens Cooke
The flower stalk is long and green, the inflorescence a simple umbel.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
The large umbels of blossoms are of the purest white.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The leaf of this plant, which bears a white umbellated blossom, is applied to reduce swellings.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The bract and pedicels of the umbel all spring from the extremity of a peduncle 11/2in.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
In like manner, a head of flowers becomes sometimes converted into an umbel.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Its stem was fully eight feet in height, with large lobed leaves, and a wide-spreading umbel of pretty white flowers.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The inflorescence consists of two to six spikes in terminal umbels.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Flowers greenish, 5-parted, solitary or in umbellate clusters in the axils.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
Its umbel top, crowned with white, makes a fitting capital for a shaft so noble.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
Mrs. Robert E. Umbel was county chairman.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Flowers in umbels, blue or white, 2 cm.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
The secondary or partial umbels of a compound umbel are UMBELLETS.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Lastly I will mention Ginseng tea, made from the dry leaves or blossom umbels.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The partial umbels are broad.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
Flowers in umbels or heads.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Flowers white, in nearly sessile umbels, not numerous.
"Woodland Gleanings" by Charles Tilt

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Photo by Jasset Umbel .
14, San Clemente and Melbourne Beach, Fla. Jack Umbel spends his winter months in Melbourne Beach, Fla.