- Biol. spikelike in form
- arranged in a spike or spikes
Origin of spicateClassical Latin spicatus, past participle of spicare, to provide with spikes ; from spica, a point, spike
Origin of spicateLatin sp&imacron;catus, from sp&imacron;ca, ear of grain.
(comparative more spicate, superlative most spicate)
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Latin spicatus, past participle of spicare (“to furnish with spikes, or ears").