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spikelet

[spahyk-lit] /ˈspaɪk lɪt/
noun, Botany
1.
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.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; spike2 + -let
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  • The primary kernel of this spikelet is always larger than the secondary kernel.
  • Genetic advances were moderate for tiller number, spikelet number and grain yield per plant and low for rest of the characters.
  • The bases of the panicle branches are enclosed in an inflated, tawny spathe as long or longer than the spikelet.
British Dictionary definitions for spikelet

spikelet

/ˈspaɪklɪt/
noun
1.
(botany) the unit of a grass inflorescence, typically consisting of two bracts (glumes) surrounding one or more florets, each of which is itself surrounded by two bracts See lemma1 , palea
2.
the small inflorescence of plants of other families, esp the sedges
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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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