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rachilla

[ ruh-kil-uh ]
/ rəˈkɪl ə /
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noun, plural ra·chil·lae [ruh-kil-ee]. /rəˈkɪl i/. Botany.
a small or secondary rachis, as the axis of a spikelet in a grass inflorescence.
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Origin of rachilla

1835–45; <New Latin, diminutive of rachisrachis
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British Dictionary definitions for rachilla

rachilla

rhachilla

/ (rəˈkɪlə) /

noun
(in grasses) the short stem of a spikelet that bears the florets

Word Origin for rachilla

C19: from New Latin, diminutive of rachis
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Scientific definitions for rachilla

rachilla
[ rə-kĭlə ]

Plural rachillae (rə-kĭlē)
The stalk that bears the florets in the spikelets of grasses and similar plants, such as rushes and sedges. The rachilla often has a zigzag shape, with florets at each point at which the orientation of the rachilla turns.
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