panicle

[pan-i-kuh l]

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
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panicle

noun
  1. a compound raceme, occurring esp in grasses
  2. 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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panicles in Science

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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