Definition of panicle in English:

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panicle

Pronunciation: /ˈpanək(ə)l/

noun

Botany
A loose, branching cluster of flowers, as in oats.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

panicled

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

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pan·i·cle

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