noun Botany.
a compound raceme. See illus. under inflorescence.
any loose, diversely branching flower cluster.

1590–1600; < Latin pānicula tuft (on plants), diminutive of pānus thread wound on a bobbin, a swelling, ear of millet < Doric Greek pânos (Attic pênos) a web; see -i-, -cle1

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panicle (ˈpænɪkəl)
1.  a compound raceme, occurring esp in grasses
2.  any branched inflorescence
[C16: from Latin pānicula tuft, diminutive of panus thread, ultimately from Greek penos web; related to penion bobbin]

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panicle   (pān'ĭ-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
A branched indeterminate inflorescence in which the branches are racemes, so that each flower has its own stalk (called a pedicel) attached to the branch. Oats and sorghum have panicles. See illustration at inflorescence.
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Example sentences
Each tiller has a head, or panicle, that actually produces the grains of rice.
The spreading panicle bears many tiny reddish colored flowers.
It is a prolific seed producer with open panicle seed production in mid summer
  and closed panicle seed set in late fall.
The inflorescence is an elongate panicle with creamy white flowers.
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