spadices

spadix

[spey-diks]
noun, plural spadices [spey-dahy-seez, spey-duh-seez] . Botany.
an inflorescence consisting of a spike with a fleshy or thickened axis, usually enclosed in a spathe.

Origin:
1750–60; < Latin spādīx a broken palm branch and its fruit < Greek spā́dīx a torn-off palm bough, chestnut brown; akin to spân to tear off

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spadix (ˈspeɪdɪks)
 
n , pl spadices
a racemose inflorescence having many small sessile flowers borne on a fleshy stem, the whole usually being surrounded by a spathe: typical of aroid plants
 
[C18: from Latin: pulled-off branch of a palm, with its fruit, from Greek: torn-off frond; related to Greek span to pull off]

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spadix   (spā'dĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural spadices (spā'dĭ-sēz')
A fleshy spike of minute flowers, usually enclosed within a spathe, as in the arums.
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