panicum

noun
pan·​i·​cum | \ ˈpa-ni-kəm How to pronounce panicum (audio) \

Definition of panicum

: any of a large and widely distributed genus (Panicum) of annual and perennial grasses that have 1- to 2-flowered spikelets arranged in a panicle

First Known Use of panicum

circa 1739, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for panicum

New Latin, from Latin, foxtail millet

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about panicum

Statistics for panicum

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for panicum

The first known use of panicum was circa 1739

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on panicum

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about panicum

Comments on panicum

What made you want to look up panicum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!