a. having, like or in a spike.
   ♦ spical,
   ♦ spicant,
   ♦ spiciferous,
   ♦ spiciform,
   ♦ spicigerous,
   ♦ spicose,
   ♦ spicous, a. having spikes.
   ♦ spicula,
   ♦ spicule, n. small spike; small spiky body in sponges and similar creatures.

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  • Spicate — Spi cate, Spicated Spi ca*ted, a. [L. spicatus, p. p. of spicare furnish with spikes, or ears, fr. spica a spike, or ear.] (Bot.) Having the form of a spike, or ear; arranged in a spike or spikes. Lee. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spicate — 1660s, from L. spicatus, pp. of spicare “to furnish with spikes,” from spica (see SPIKE (Cf. spike) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spicate — [spī′kāt΄] adj. [L spicatus, pp. of spicare, to provide with spikes < spica, a point, SPIKE2] 1. Biol. spikelike in form 2. arranged in a spike or spikes …   English World dictionary

  • spicate — adjective Etymology: Latin spicatus, past participle of spicare to arrange in the shape of heads of grain, from spica Date: 1668 arranged in the form of a spike < a spicate inflorescence > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spicate — varpingas statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Turintis dideles, ilgas varpas (apie rugius, kviečius ir kt.). atitikmenys: angl. spicate rus. колосистый …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • spicate — adjective having or relating to spikes spicate inflorescence • Pertains to noun: ↑spike • Topics: ↑botany, ↑phytology …   Useful english dictionary

  • spicate — adj. [L. spica, spike] Spike shaped; possessing spikes …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • spicate — /spuy kayt/, adj. Bot. 1. having spikes, as a plant. 2. arranged in spikes, as flowers. 3. in the form of a spike, as in inflorescence. [1660 70; < L spicatus, equiv. to spic(a) SPICA + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • spicate — (Order Isopoda): Shaped like a spike [Kensley and Schotte, 1989] …   Crustacea glossary

  • spicate — spi·cate …   English syllables

  • spicate — spi•cate [[t]ˈspaɪ keɪt[/t]] adj. 1) bot arranged in spikes, as flowers 2) bot in the form of a spike, as in inflorescence • Etymology: 1660–70; < L spīcātus …   From formal English to slang

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