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involucel

[in-vol-yuh-sel] /ɪnˈvɒl yəˌsɛl/
noun, Botany
1.
a secondary involucre, as in a compound cluster of flowers.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < New Latin involūcellum, diminutive of Latin involūcrum involucrum; for formation, see castellum
Related forms
involucelate
[in-vol-yuh-sel-it] /ɪnˌvɒl yəˈsɛl ɪt/ (Show IPA),
involucelated
[in-vol-yuh-sel-ey-tid] /ɪnˌvɒl yəˈsɛl eɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Bractlets of the involucel are many and shorter than the spreading pedicels.
British Dictionary definitions for involucel

involucel

/ɪnˈvɒljʊˌsɛl/
noun (pl) -cels, -cella (-ˈsɛlə)
1.
a ring of bracts at the base of the florets of a compound umbel
Derived Forms
involucellate, involucellated, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin involūcellum a little cover; see involucre
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