• WordNet 3.6
    • n spikelet a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spikelet (Bot) A small or secondary spike; especially, one of the ultimate parts of the in florescence of grasses. See Illust. of Quaking grass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spikelet In botany, a small or secondary spike: more especially applied to the spiked arrangements of two or more flowers of grasses, subtended by one or more glumes, and variously disposed around a common axis. See cuts under Meliceæ, oat, orchardgrass, Poa, reed, rye, and Sorghum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spikelet a little spike
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spica, an ear of corn.


In literature:

It requires some patience to bring the Tarantula who has bitten into the insidious spikelet to the entrance of the burrow.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
It is filled with minute spikelets, or little hairy spinnacles, much resembling those found in ripe doghips at home.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
The blossom, we see, consists of several small spikelets; there are eighteen on our stem.
"Wildflowers of the Farm" by Arthur Owens Cooke
We carefully pare off the volutes and spikelets.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The increased number of florets in the spikelets of some grasses has already been alluded to (p. 351).
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Spikelets are binate, one sessile and one pedicelled; the pedicelled spikelets are dissimilar from the sessile and both usually 2-flowered.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The ear is thus much narrower, and the spikelets stand out more horizontally, than in our present forms.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
The spikelets are usually many-flowered and variously arranged in racemes or panicles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Each head is made up of from 5 to 20 spikelets.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
Their classification depends chiefly upon the structure and arrangement of the spikelets.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
Spikelets in the rough, before severe rubbing, ovoid or oblong, flattened, 2 mm.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
A. Spikelets one-flowered, rarely two-flowered as in Zea, falling from the pedicel entire or with certain joints of the rachis at maturity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
Spikelets crowded into a leafy-involucrate head, laterally flattened, the scales more or less conduplicate and keeled.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray