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 for capitulum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Capitulum \Ca*pit"u*lum\ (k[.a]*p[i^]t"[-u]*l[u^]m), n.; pl.
     Capitula (k[.a]*p[i^]t"[-u]*l[.a]). [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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Anat.) A knoblike protuberance of any part, esp. at the
        end of a bone or cartilage.
     Note: [See Illust. of Artiodactyla.]
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a dense cluster of flowers or foliage; "a head of
           cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce" [syn: capitulum,
      2: fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn [syn: ear,
         spike, capitulum]
      3: an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a

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