plural -s
: the spiral plumule in a germinating grain

Word History


alteration (influenced by acr-) of earlier akerspire, acherspire, from English dialect aker, acher ear of grain (from Old English æhher, æcher, ēar) + spire (sprout, blade of grass) (spike of grain)

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acrospire was in 1675

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“Acrospire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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