[ pan-i-kuhl ]

  1. a compound raceme.

  2. any loose, diversely branching flower cluster.

Origin of panicle

1590–1600; <Latin pānicula tuft (on plants), diminutive of pānus thread wound on a bobbin, a swelling, ear of millet <Doric Greek pânos (Attic pênos) a web; see -i-, -cle1

Other words from panicle

  • pan·i·cled, adjective

Words Nearby panicle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use panicle in a sentence

  • Unlike the other species of the same genus, its flowers form an erect spreading panicle, and the glumes are not keeled.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • Your case of the panicle with open flowers being sterile is parallel to that of Leersia oryzoides.

  • The pretty red or rose-coloured flowers are arranged in a very loose terminal panicle, and have no scent.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • The flowers are sessile, in little rounded heads; the whole inflorescence forming an irregular umbel or a loose panicle.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • The flowers are very numerous, of a bright golden yellow-colour, forming a dense, terminal panicle.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for panicle


/ (ˈpænɪkəl) /

  1. a compound raceme, occurring esp in grasses

  2. any branched inflorescence

Origin of panicle

C16: from Latin pānicula tuft, diminutive of panus thread, ultimately from Greek penos web; related to penion bobbin

Derived forms of panicle

  • panicled, adjective

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Scientific definitions for panicle


[ pănĭ-kəl ]

  1. A branched indeterminate inflorescence in which the branches are racemes, so that each flower has its own stalk (called a pedicel) attached to the branch. Oats and sorghum have panicles. See illustration at inflorescence.

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