panicle

noun
pan·​i·​cle | \ˈpa-ni-kəl \

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 \ adjective
paniculate \pa-​ˈni-​kyə-​lət, pə-​ \ adjective

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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, OregonLive.com, "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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