dextrorsal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dextrorsal spiraling upward from left to right "dextrorse vines"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dextrorsal (Botany) Turning from the left to the right, in the ascending line, as in the spiral inclination of the stem of the common morning-glory; as, dextrorse vines.☞ At present scientists predicate dextrorse or sinistrorse quality of the plant regarded objectively; formerly the plant was regarded subjectively, and what is now called dextrorse was then considered sinistrorse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dextrorsal Same as dextrorse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dextrorsal rising from right to left
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dextrorsum, contr. fr. dextrovorsum, dextroversum, toward the right side; dexter, right + versus, vorsus, p. p. of vertere, vortere, to turn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dexter; Gr. dexios, Sans. dakshina, on the right, on the south.

Usage

In literature:

Though the bean always insists on a sinistrorsal growth, as B, the hop prefers to climb in a dextrorsal manner, as A.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
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