[ spey-diks ]

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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for spadix


/ (ˈspeɪdɪks) /

nounplural 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

Origin of 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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Scientific definitions for spadix


[ spādĭks ]

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

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