Definition of panicle in English:



  • A loose branching cluster of flowers, as in oats.

    • ‘There are three general flower forms: small white flowers in panicles or loose and irregular spreading clusters; bell or urn-shaped flowers; and flat or open flowers.’
    • ‘As seeds ripened during the course of the experiment, the inflorescences were harvested by clipping the main stalk of each flowering culm just below the lowermost panicle branch.’
    • ‘Its fine, ferny foliage smells of aniseed when crushed, and the panicles of seed heads last through until the autumn when the finches will eat them.’
    • ‘More than four panicles were examined per pot.’
    • ‘Flowering date was marked by emergence of the first panicle from the leaf sheath.’
    • ‘However, position of the flower within the panicle correlated with time of anthesis and gender.’
    • ‘In the same panicle, anthesis occurs from the middle position toward both apical and basal ends.’
    • ‘The deciduous dark green leaves have a white underside and panicles of purple flowers in summer are followed by unpalatable black fruit.’
    • ‘Each plant forms a clump of delicate fern-like, light green foliage from which emerge arching, pyramid-shaped branching panicles of tiny flowers that give a soft feathery appearance to the plant.’
    • ‘It is a shrub or small tree with simple, alternate, unlobed leaves, panicles of white flowers in the spring, and bright blue drupes in the late summer and early fall.’
    bunch, clump, collection, mass, knot, group, clutch, bundle, nest
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Late 16th century: from Latin panicula, diminutive of panus ‘ear of millet’ (see panic).