from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small or secondary spike, characteristic of grasses and sedges, having a varying number of reduced flowers each subtended by one or two scalelike bracts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, or secondary spike, especially one of many in the inflorescence of a grass or sedge
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small or secondary spike; especially, one of the ultimate parts of the in florescence of grasses. See Illust. of quaking grass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
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