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noun, plural spa·di·ces [spey-dahy-seez, spey-duh-seez] /speɪˈdaɪ siz, ˈspeɪ dəˌsiz/. Botany.
  1. an inflorescence consisting of a spike with a fleshy or thickened axis, usually enclosed in a spathe.
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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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Historical Examples of spadix

  • The fruit consists of a cluster of red berries, which form round the spadix.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • Other intergrades with spadix from Iowa are mentioned in the account of spadix.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • In other respects it agrees with, or is more nearly like, spadix.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • The anthers at the base of the spadix are curious, and should be examined.

  • The spadix is comparatively small, black, and also covered with hairs.

British Dictionary definitions for spadix


noun plural spadices (speɪˈdaɪsiːz)
  1. 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
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Word Origin for spadix

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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spadix in Science


Plural spadices (spādĭ-sēz′)
  1. A fleshy spike of minute flowers, usually enclosed within a spathe, as in the arums.
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