[ spahyk-lit ]
/ ˈspaɪk lɪt /
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a small or secondary spike in grasses; one of the flower clusters, the unit of inflorescence, consisting of two or more flowers and subtended by one or more glumes variously disposed around a common axis.
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Example sentences from the Web for spikelet
Spikelet single, terminating the naked culm, many–several-flowered.
Spikelet with a reddish tinge; awn almost smooth, less than 20 mm.Grasses|H. Marshall Ward
British Dictionary definitions for spikelet
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Scientific definitions for spikelet
[ spīk′lĭt ]
A small spike, especially one that is part of the characteristic inflorescence of grasses and sedges. A grass spikelet consists of one or more florets (reduced flowers). Each floret contains a pistil and stamens and is enclosed by two bracts, the lemma and the palea. At the base of the entire spikelet are two additional scalelike bracts, the glumes.
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