2 [pan-ik]
Also called panic grass. any grass of the genus Panicum, many species of which bear edible grain.
the grain.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin pānicum a kind of millet Unabridged
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panic (ˈpænɪk)
1.  a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp one affecting a whole group of people
2.  (modifier) of or resulting from such terror: panic measures
vb , -ics, -icking, -icked
3.  to feel or cause to feel panic
[C17: from French panique, from New Latin pānicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear]

Panic (ˈpænɪk)
of or relating to the god Pan

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Word Origin & History

"mass terror," c.1600, as an adj. (with fear, terror, etc.), from Fr. panique (15c.), from Gk. panikon, lit. "pertaining to Pan," in sense of "panic, fright" short for panikon deima, from neut. of Panikos "of Pan," the god of woods and fields who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious,
groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots. As a noun, first recorded 1708. Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. The verb is 1827, from the noun. Panicky is first recorded 1869. Panic button in fig. sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting.

"type of grass," c.1420, from O.Fr. panic "Italian millet," from L. panicum "kind of millet," from panus "ear of millet, a swelling," of unknown origin.
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panic pan·ic (pān'ĭk)
A sudden overpowering feeling of terror.

pan'ic v.
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