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