The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
an inflorescence in many cereal grains, including timothy and foxtail, that resembles a compound spike but is essentially a panicle of clustered spikelets with very short branchlets.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.