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spathe

[speyth] /speɪð/
noun, Botany
1.
a bract or pair of bracts, often large and colored, subtending or enclosing a spadix or flower cluster.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin spatha < Greek spáthē blade, sword, stem; cf. spade2
Related forms
spathed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spathes

spathe

/speɪð/
noun
1.
a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms
Derived Forms
spathaceous (spəˈθeɪʃəs) adjective
spathed, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē a blade
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spathes in Science
spathe
  (spā)   

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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