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

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 Other species such as panicle (Hydragea paniculata) and oak leaf hydrangeas (H. quercifolia) can be grown in sun and tolerate drier soil. oregonlive, 9 July 2021 New wood hydrangeas include panicle, also known as peegee, and smooth, also known as Annabelle, types. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 20 May 2021 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, 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, 16 Oct. 2019 Related Articles Picture a salmon pink wisteria panicle sprouting from an umbrella-sized leaf. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, 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, 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, 13 Oct. 2017 Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Blue Switch Grass: Stiff metallic blue blades, airy pink panicles, good upright vertical form. The Pecks,, 29 Oct. 2017 See More

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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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“Panicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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