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Origin of spicate

1660–70; < Latin spīcātus, equivalent to spīc(a) spica + -ātus -ate1
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barbed, spicate

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British Dictionary definitions for spicate


  1. botany having, arranged in, or relating to spikesa spicate inflorescence

Word Origin for spicate

C17: from Latin spīcātus having spikes, from spīca a point
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Word Origin and History for spicate

1660s, from Latin spicatus, past participle of spicare "to furnish with spikes," from spica (see spike (n.1)).

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