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lodicule

[lod-i-kyool] /ˈlɒd ɪˌkyul/
noun, Botany
1.
one of the specialized scales at the base of the ovary of certain grass flowers.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < New Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of Latin lōdīx (stem lōdīc-) blanket, rug; see -ule
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lodicule

/ˈlɒdɪˌkjuːl/
noun
1.
any of two or three minute scales at the base of the ovary in grass flowers that represent the corolla
Word Origin
C19: from Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of lōdix blanket
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lodicule in Science
lodicule
  (lŏd'ĭ-kyl')   
One of two or three small rounded bodies at the base of the carpel of a grass flower. The swelling of the lodicules forces apart the flower's bracts, exposing the flower's reproductive organs.
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