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From Latin racematio (a gleaning), from racemari (to glean), racemus (a cluster of grapes). See raceme.


racemation (usually uncountable, plural racemations)

  1. A cluster or bunch, as of grapes.
    • 1646/50, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica:
      Since also a Cock will in one day fertilitate the whole racemation or cluster of egges, which are not excluded in many weeks after.
  2. The cultivation or gathering of clusters of grapes.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for racemation in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)