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spadix

Line breaks: spa¦dix
Pronunciation: /ˈspeɪdɪks
 
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Definition of spadix in English:

noun (plural spadices /-siːz/)

1 Botany A spike of minute flowers closely arranged round a fleshy axis and typically enclosed in a spathe, characteristic of the arums.
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 which 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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