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spadix

[spey-diks] /ˈspeɪ dɪks/
noun, plural spadices
[spey-dahy-seez, spey-duh-seez] /speɪˈdaɪ siz, ˈspeɪ dəˌsiz/ (Show IPA).
Botany
1.
an inflorescence consisting of a spike with a fleshy or thickened axis, usually enclosed in a spathe.
Origin
1750-1760
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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Examples from the web for spadix
  • The inflorescence is the flowering part of the plant, and consists of a central shaft called a spadix.
  • At first hidden inside the spathe, the spadix is revealed as the entire structure swells.
  • At first hidden inside, the spadix grows in size and then becomes revealed as the entire inflorescence swells.
  • The spadix is spherical or football-shaped with many densely-packed flowers.
  • Its inflorescence is a spadix enclosed by a spathe that resembles a trumpet.
  • The spathe is lemon-chrome to deep yellow, usually with a purple blotch at the base of the spadix interior.
British Dictionary definitions for spadix

spadix

/ˈspeɪdɪks/
noun (pl) spadices (speɪˈdaɪsiːz)
1.
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
Word Origin
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 in Science
spadix
  (spā'dĭks)   
Plural spadices (spā'dĭ-sēz')
A fleshy spike of minute flowers, usually enclosed within a spathe, as in the arums.
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