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[spey-diks] /ˈspeɪ dɪks/
noun, plural spadices
[spey-dahy-seez, spey-duh-seez] /speɪˈdaɪ siz, ˈspeɪ dəˌsiz/ (Show IPA).
an inflorescence consisting of a spike with a fleshy or thickened axis, usually enclosed in a spathe.
Origin of spadix
1750-60; < Latin spādīx a broken palm branch and its fruit < Greek spā́dīx a torn-off palm bough, chestnut brown; akin to spân to tear off Unabridged
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noun (pl) spadices (speɪˈdaɪsiːz)
a racemose inflorescence having many small sessile flowers borne on a fleshy stem, the whole usually being surrounded by a spathe: typical of aroid plants
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: pulled-off branch of a palm, with its fruit, from Greek: torn-off frond; related to Greek span to pull off
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Plural spadices (spā'dĭ-sēz')
A fleshy spike of minute flowers, usually enclosed within a spathe, as in the arums.
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