adjective Botany.

having spikes, as a plant.
arranged in spikes, as flowers.
in the form of a spike, as in inflorescence.


Nearby words

  1. sphyrotomy,
  2. spic,
  3. spic-and-span,
  4. spica,
  5. spica bandage,
  6. spiccato,
  7. spice,
  8. spice islands,
  9. spiceberry,
  10. spicebush

Origin of spicate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for spicate



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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