pan·​i·​cle | \ ˈpa-ni-kəl How to pronounce panicle (audio) \

Definition of panicle

1 : a compound racemose inflorescence — see inflorescence illustration
2 : a pyramidal loosely branched flower cluster

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Other Words from panicle

panicled \ ˈpa-​ni-​kəld How to pronounce panicle (audio) \ adjective
paniculate \ pa-​ˈni-​kyə-​lət How to pronounce panicle (audio) , pə-​ \ adjective

Examples of panicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lakshmi dighal, Rani kajal and Jabra can elongate their stems as floodwaters rise, keeping their seed-bearing panicles above water up to four meters deep. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 For example, traditional farmers can distinguish varieties by observing the flowering time; the color of the basal leaf sheath; the angle of the flag leaf; the length of the panicle; and the size, color and shape of the grain [see graphic below]. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 Related Articles Picture a salmon pink wisteria panicle sprouting from an umbrella-sized leaf. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Other options: crabapple (Malus spp.), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus, C. retusus), panicle hydrangea (H. paniculata) and sweetbay magnolia (M. virginiana). Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Ornamental pear trees bad for environment," 20 Apr. 2018 The smooth-leaf hydrangeas can be cut back to the ground, but only prune the panicles and hibiscus for shape. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Gardener: Take care not to trim next year's flowers from plants," 13 Oct. 2017 Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Blue Switch Grass: Stiff metallic blue blades, airy pink panicles, good upright vertical form. The Pecks,, "Ornamental grasses you simply must have: The Pecks," 29 Oct. 2017 Panicle hydrangeas can get big — up to 10 feet depending on the variety. Dennis Patton, kansascity, "Panicle hydrangeas require little maintenance, add big splashes of summer blooms," 29 July 2017 The vine produces a panicle of lovely half-inch flowers in midsummer, each pointing downward and similar in shape to a tomato’s, but far more dramatically colored. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Bittersweet Nightshade: Look, but Don’t Taste," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of panicle

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for panicle

Latin panicula, diminutive of panus

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The first known use of panicle was in 1577

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“Panicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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