scarious

[skair-ee-uhs]
adjective Botany.
thin, dry, and membranous, as certain bracts; chaffy.

Origin:
1800–10; alteration of scariose < Neo-Latin scariōsus < ?; see -ous

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scarious or scariose (ˈskɛərɪəs, ˈskɛərɪˌəʊs)
 
adj
(of plant parts) membranous, dry, and brownish in colour: scarious bracts
 
[C19: from New Latin scariōsus, of uncertain origin]
 
scariose or scariose
 
adj
 
[C19: from New Latin scariōsus, of uncertain origin]

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Flowers are sessile to pedicellate, each subtended by a pair of hyaline-scarious bracts.
Flowers are greenish or brownish, sessile to pedicellate, each subtended by a pair of hyaline-scarious bracts.
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