Definition of spadix in English:

spadix

Syllabification: spa·dix
Pronunciation: /ˈspādiks
 
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noun (plural spadices /-dəsēz/)

  • 1 Botany A spike of minute flowers closely arranged around a fleshy axis and typically enclosed in a spathe, characteristic of the arums.
    More example sentences
    • The fruit is composed of a mass of berries on a spadix, the fleshy central spike first seen in the flower.
    • The flower head consists of a spathe and spadix.
    • The perfect bloom was not expected because visitors had hurled stones at the flower, bruising the spadix.
  • 2 Zoology (In certain invertebrates) a part or organ that is more or less conical in shape, e.g., a group of connected tentacles in a nautiloid.

Origin

mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek, literally 'palm branch'.

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