spathes

spathe

[speyth]
noun Botany.
a bract or pair of bracts, often large and colored, subtending or enclosing a spadix or flower cluster.

Origin:
1775–85; < Latin spatha < Greek spáthē blade, sword, stem; cf. spade2

spathed, adjective
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spathe (speɪð)
 
n
a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms
 
[C18: from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē a blade]
 
spathaceous
 
adj
 
spathed
 
adj

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A large, leaflike, often showy bract that encloses a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit or calla lily.
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