- The definition of a panicle is a cluster of flowers on a branch.
A lilac is an example of a panicle.
Origin of panicleClassical Latin panicula, tuft on plants, panicle, diminutive of panus, a swelling, ear of millet: see panic
Origin of panicleLatin pānicula, feminine diminutive of pānus, a swelling, main stalk of a panicle.
- pan′i·cled, pa·nic′u·late′
- (botany) A compound raceme.
From Latin panicula, diminutive of panus (“ear of millet, literally 'thread wound on a bobbin'”), from Ancient Greek πῆνος (pēnos, “web”), πηνίον (pēnion, “bobbin”).