spadix

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spadix the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spadix (Bot) A fleshy spike of flowers, usually inclosed in a leaf called a spathe.
    • Spadix (Zoöl) A special organ of the nautilus, due to a modification of the posterior tentacles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spadix In botany, a form of inflorescence in plants, in which the flowers are closely arranged in a spike or head which has a fleshy or thickened rachis. The term is mostly restricted to the Araceæ and the palms, and further to those cases in which the inflorescence is accompanied by the peculiar bract or bracts called a spathe. See cuts under Araceæ, Indian, and inflorescence.
    • n spadix In zoology:
    • n spadix The hectocotylus of the male cephalopod: a specialized part of the fore foot, on one side, which becomes hectocotylized, or assumes a sexual function. On the opposite side is a corresponding part, not subject to hectocotylization, called the antispadix.
    • n spadix In Hydrozoa, the manubrium of the hydromedusans, an offset of a blastostyle bearing the genital products, like the part of a pea-pod which bears the peas.
    • n spadix A genus of cœlenterates.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spadix spā′diks (bot.) a fleshy spike of flowers, usually covered by a leaf called a spathe
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a palm branch broken off, with its fruit, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

The spadix is over 3in.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
The flowers in most of the order are small and inconspicuous, but aggregated on a spike (spadix) which may be of very large size.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
The four tentacles of the anti-spadix are set, three on one base and one on a separate base.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
Flowers monoecious or dioecious, covering only the base of the spadix.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
F, With simple spadix.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
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