involucel

[in-vol-yuh-sel]
noun Botany.
a secondary involucre, as in a compound cluster of flowers.

Origin:
1755–65; < Neo-Latin involūcellum, diminutive of Latin involūcrum involucrum; for formation, see castellum

involucelate [in-vol-yuh-sel-it] , involucelated [in-vol-yuh-sel-ey-tid] , adjective
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involucel or involucellum (ɪnˈvɒljʊˌsɛl, ɪnˌvɒljʊˈsɛləm)
 
n , pl -cels, -cella
a ring of bracts at the base of the florets of a compound umbel
 
[C19: from New Latin involūcellum a little cover; see involucre]
 
involucellum or involucellum (ɪnˈvɒljʊˌsɛl, ɪnˌvɒljʊˈsɛləm, -ˈsɛlə)
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin involūcellum a little cover; see involucre]
 
involu'cellate or involucellum
 
adj
 
involu'cellated or involucellum
 
adj

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Bractlets of the involucel are many and shorter than the spreading pedicels.
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