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[fil-uh-tak-sis] /ˌfɪl əˈtæk sɪs/

noun, plural phyllotaxes
[fil-uh-tak-seez] /ˌfɪl əˈtæk siz/ (Show IPA). Botany.
noun (pl) -taxes (-ˈtæksiːz), -taxies
the arrangement of the leaves on a stem
the study of this arrangement in different plants


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