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spadix (ˈspeɪdɪks



Word forms:   plural 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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