- an inflorescence consisting of a spike with a fleshy or thickened axis, usually enclosed in a spathe.
Origin of spadix
1750–60; < Latin spādīx a broken palm branch and its fruit < Greek spā́dīx a torn-off palm bough, chestnut brown; akin to spân to tear off
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Examples from the Web for spadix
The fruit consists of a cluster of red berries, which form round the spadix.Botany for Ladies
Other intergrades with spadix from Iowa are mentioned in the account of spadix.
In other respects it agrees with, or is more nearly like, spadix.
The spadix is comparatively small, black, and also covered with hairs.
The anthers at the base of the spadix are curious, and should be examined.
- a racemose inflorescence having many small sessile flowers borne on a fleshy stem, the whole usually being surrounded by a spathe: typical of aroid plants
C18: from Latin: pulled-off branch of a palm, with its fruit, from Greek: torn-off frond; related to Greek span to pull off
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- A fleshy spike of minute flowers, usually enclosed within a spathe, as in the arums.
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