Definition of panicle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpanɪk(ə)l


  • A loose branching cluster of flowers, as in oats.
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    • It is a shrub or small tree with simple, alternate, unlobed leaves, panicles of white flowers in the spring, and bright blue drupes in the late summer and early fall.
    • There are three general flower forms: small white flowers in panicles or loose and irregular spreading clusters; bell or urn-shaped flowers; and flat or open flowers.
    • However, position of the flower within the panicle correlated with time of anthesis and gender.



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  • Panicled death-camas is a beautiful but deadly lily.
  • Panicled Aster occurs in most counties of Illinois, and is fairly common.


late 16th century: from Latin panicula, diminutive of panus 'ear of millet' (see panic2).

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