Definition of Spikelet

1. Noun. A small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf.

Exact synonyms: Pricker, Prickle, Spine, Sticker, Thorn
Generic synonyms: Aculeus
Specialized synonyms: Glochid, Glochidium
Derivative terms: Prick, Prickly, Spinous, Stick, Thorny

Definition of Spikelet

1. n. A small or secondary spike; especially, one of the ultimate parts of the in florescence of grasses. See Illust. of Quaking grass.

Definition of Spikelet

1. Noun. (botany) A small, or secondary spike, especially one of many in the inflorescence of a grass or sedge ¹

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Definition of Spikelet

1. a type of flower cluster [n -S]

Medical Definition of Spikelet

1. A unit of the inflorescence in grasses, sedges and some other monocotyledons, consisting of one to many flowers and associated glumes. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spikelet

spike mosses
spike oil
spike out
spike potential
spike rush
spike someone's guns
spike strip
spike strips
spike suppressor
spike train
spiked loosestrife
spikelet (current term)

Literary usage of Spikelet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Class-book of Botany: Being Outlines of the Structure, Physiology, and by Alphonso Wood (1873)
"6 spikelet closed, e spikelet open, d Ovary an.l pistils. ... Ь spikelet in, with its bristly involucre, e spikelet if the same in flower, showing two of ..."

2. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1880)
"spikelet 2-flowered, with or without a rudiment of a third ... Abortive flowers of several empty palets ill a separate spikelet from the ..."

3. A Text-book of Grasses with Especial Reference to the Economic Species of by Albert Spear Hitchcock (1914)
"Plant reduced; spikelet, the floret raised from the glumes. (US Dept. Agr. Div. ... spikelet and a lower floret, X 1 211 45. Arrhenatherum elatius. ..."

4. A Flora of Western Middle California by Willis Linn Jepson (1901)
"LOLIUM. lets is turned towards the notch; bracts 2 to each spikelet 43. ... Flowers solitary in each spikelet; rachis jointed at the nodes, each internode ..."

5. The Forest Flora of North-west and Central India: A Handbook of the by John Lindsay Stewart, Dietrich Brandis (1874)
"spikelet*) generally many-flowered ; empty glumes 2 or more, the lower shorter, the upper similar to the flowering glumes. Palea 2-keeled, keels generally ..."

6. Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States: Including the District by Asa Gray, Sereno Watson (1890)
"A spikelet of I), glomerata magnified and displayed. ... A magnified spikelet of E. obtusata, expanded, showing the empty glumes, the two flowers, ..."

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