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[brakt] /brækt/
noun, Botany.
a specialized leaf or leaflike part, usually situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.
Origin of bract
1760-70; earlier bractea < Latin: a thin plate of metal
Related forms
[brak-tee-uh l] /ˈbræk ti əl/ (Show IPA),
bracted, adjective
bractless, adjective Unabridged
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a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
Derived Forms
bracteal, adjective
bractless, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin bractea, Latin: thin metal plate, gold leaf, variant of brattea, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bract

in botany, "small leaf at the base of a flower," Modern Latin, from Latin bractea, literally "thin metal plate," of unknown origin. Related: Bracteal; bracteate.

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bract in Science
A modified leaf growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Bracts are generally small and inconspicuous, but some are showy and petallike, as the brightly colored bracts of bougainvillaea or the white or pink bracts of flowering dogwoods.
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