- having spikes, as a plant.
- arranged in spikes, as flowers.
- in the form of a spike, as in inflorescence.
Origin of spicate
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Examples from the Web for spicate
In Grasses, as indeed in other plants with a spicate inflorescence, this change occurs not unfrequently.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
Many flowers from the axil of a bract; no bractioles interspersed, hence we may expect racemose or spicate partial inflorescences.
Aquatic or marsh herbs; flowers perfect or polygamo-dicious, small, axillary or spicate; petals often none.
Antheridia large, pedicelled, solitary in the axils of 2-cleft spicate leaves.
- botany having, arranged in, or relating to spikesa spicate inflorescence
C17: from Latin spīcātus having spikes, from spīca a point
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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