from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a position intermediate between erect and patent, or spreading.
- adj. Standing partially spread and erect; -- said of the wings of certain insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, having a position intermediate between erect and spreading.
- In entomology, having, as the wings of an insect when in repose, the anterior pair erect or nearly so, and the posterior pair horizontal, as in the skipper-butterflies.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The _spikelets_ are about 1/4 inch long, erecto-patent.