spadix

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Etymology[edit]

Via Latin spādīx from Ancient Greek σπᾱ́δῑξ (spā́dīx, palm branch).

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Noun[edit]

spadix (plural spadixes or spadices)

  1. (botany) A fleshy spike (inflorescence) with reduced flowers, usually enclosed by a spathe, characteristic of aroids.
    • 1789, Erasmus Darwin, The Loves of the Plants, J. Johnson, p. 148:
      The spadix of this plant is frequently quite white, or coloured, and the leaves liable to be streaked with white, and to have black, or scarlet blotches on them.
  2. (zoology) A male sexual organ of certain cephalopods and hydrozoans (especially the nautilus), used to transfer sperm.
    • 2017, Danna Staaf, Squid Empire, ForeEdge, →ISBN, page 57:
      However, the shells of modern nautiluses show the opposite pattern—males are somewhat larger than females, with a wider aperture to accommodate the spadix.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek σπᾱ́δῑξ (spā́dīx).

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Noun[edit]

spādīx m (genitive spādīcis); third declension

  1. spadix, inflorescence (especially of a palm tree)
  2. a type of lyre

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative spādīx spādīcēs
Genitive spādīcis spādīcum
Dative spādīcī spādīcibus
Accusative spādīcem spādīcēs
Ablative spādīce spādīcibus
Vocative spādīx spādīcēs

Adjective[edit]

spādīx (genitive spādīcis); third-declension one-termination adjective

  1. chestnut-colored, chestnut (of a horse)
  2. strong brown

Declension[edit]

Third-declension one-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative spādīx spādīcēs spādīcia
Genitive spādīcis spādīcium
Dative spādīcī spādīcibus
Accusative spādīcem spādīx spādīcēs spādīcia
Ablative spādīcī spādīcibus
Vocative spādīx spādīcēs spādīcia

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Noun[edit]

spadix n (plural spadice)

  1. Alternative form of spadice

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