bracteal

bract

[brakt]
noun Botany.
a specialized leaf or leaflike part, usually situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.

Origin:
1760–70; earlier bractea < Latin: a thin plate of metal

bracteal [brak-tee-uhl] , adjective
bracted, adjective
bractless, adjective
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bract (brækt)
 
n
a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
 
[C18: from New Latin bractea, Latin: thin metal plate, gold leaf, variant of brattea, of obscure origin]
 
'bracteal
 
adj
 
'bractless
 
adj

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bract
in botany, "small leaf at the base of a flower," from Mod.L., from L. bractea, lit. "thin metal plate," of unknown origin. Related: Bracteal; bracteate.
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bract   (brākt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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