palea

[pey-lee-uh]
noun, plural paleae [pey-lee-ee] .
1.
a chafflike scale or bract.
2.
the scalelike, membranous organ in the flowers of grasses that is situated upon a secondary axis in the axil of the flowering glume and envelops the stamens and pistil.

Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin palea chaff

paleaceous [pey-lee-ey-shuhs] , paleate [pey-lee-it, ‐eyt] , adjective
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palea or pale (ˈpeɪlɪə)
 
n , pl paleae, pales
1.  Compare lemma the inner of two bracts surrounding each floret in a grass spikelet
2.  any small membranous bract or scale
 
[C18: from Latin: straw, chaff; see pallet1]
 
pale or pale (ˈpeɪlɪə, ˈpeɪlɪˌiː)
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin: straw, chaff; see pallet1]
 
paleaceous or pale
 
adj

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palea   (pā'lēə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural paleae (pā'lē-ē')
  1. The inner or upper of the two bracts enclosing one of the small flowers within a grass spikelet.

  2. The chaffy scales on the receptacle of a flower head in a plant of the composite family.


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Lemma and palea green to yellowish, often dark red at apex, covered with stiff transparent hairs.
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