spikelet

noun
spike·​let | \ ˈspī-klət How to pronounce spikelet (audio) \

Definition of spikelet

: 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

First Known Use of spikelet

1793, in the meaning defined above

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“Spikelet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spikelet. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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