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spikelet

Syllabification: spike·let
Pronunciation: /ˈspīklit
 
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Definition of spikelet in English:

noun

Botany
The basic unit of a grass flower, consisting of two glumes or outer bracts at the base and one or more florets above.
Example sentences
  • The female flowers can be distinguished by long, silky hairs at the bases of the flower spikelets.
  • At the base of each spikelet, there is a pair of sterile glumes that surrounds a series of flowers (five to eight in number).
  • Similar results were presented in experiments where the sterilization of florets led to more grain setting and greater grain growth in the untreated spikelets.

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