spike·​let ˈspī-klət How to pronounce spikelet (audio)
: a small or secondary spike
specifically : one of the small few-flowered bracted spikes that make up the compound inflorescence of a grass or sedge

Examples of spikelet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The key motif is the wheat spikelet, which has been a Bevza signature for some time. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spikelet was in 1793

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“Spikelet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spikelet. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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spike·​let ˈspī-klət How to pronounce spikelet (audio)
: one of the small few-flowered spikes that occur in grasses and sedges

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