Spiricle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spiricle (Bot) One of certain minute coiled threads in the coating of some seeds. When moistened these threads protrude in great numbers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spiricle In botany, one of the delicate coiled threads in the hairs on the surface of certain seeds and achenes, which uncoil when wet. They probably serve in fixing small and light seeds to the soil, in order that they may germinate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spiricle one of those threads in the hairs on the surface of certain seeds and achenes which uncoil when wet
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim., fr. L. spira, a coil

Usage

In literature:

Flamville, Robert of: 12.
"The Chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond: A Picture of Monastic Life in the Days of Abbot Samson" by Jocelin de Brakelond
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