[pan-i-kuh l]

noun Botany.

a compound raceme.
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
Related formspan·i·cled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panicle

Historical Examples of panicle

  • In one or two species of Aira the panicle may be somewhat contracted and tuft-like.


    H. Marshall Ward

  • The index reference for "Panicle" should probably be 76, rather than 81, but was not changed.

  • Panicled, Paniculate, arranged in panicles, or like a panicle.

  • With the last-named gentleman a panicle, with sixty flowers upon it, is now (April, 1864) in full beauty.

  • Sterile pinnæ pinnate; fronds large, fertile portion green, turning brown, forming a panicle at the top.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

British Dictionary definitions for panicle



a compound raceme, occurring esp in grasses
any branched inflorescence
Derived Formspanicled, adjective

Word Origin for panicle

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



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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