[ lod-i-kyool ]
/ ˈlɒd ɪˌkyul /

noun Botany.

one of the specialized scales at the base of the ovary of certain grass flowers.

Nearby words

  1. lodging knee,
  2. lodging turn,
  3. lodgings,
  4. lodgment,
  5. lodi,
  6. loe,
  7. loeb,
  8. loeb's deciduoma,
  9. loeb, jacques,
  10. loeffler

Origin of lodicule

1860–65; < New Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of Latin lōdīx (stem lōdīc-) blanket, rug; see -ule

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British Dictionary definitions for lodicule


/ (ˈlɒdɪˌkjuːl) /


any of two or three minute scales at the base of the ovary in grass flowers that represent the corolla

Word Origin for lodicule

C19: from Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of lōdix blanket

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Science definitions for lodicule


[ lŏdĭ-kyōōl′ ]

One of two or three small rounded bodies at the base of the carpel of a grass flower. The swelling of the lodicules forces apart the flower's bracts, exposing the flower's reproductive organs.
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