noun, plural paleae [pey-lee-ee] .
a chafflike scale or bract.
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.

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

paleaceous [pey-lee-ey-shuhs] , paleate [pey-lee-it, ‐eyt] , adjective Unabridged
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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)
[C18: from Latin: straw, chaff; see pallet1]
paleaceous or pale

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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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