Definition of spathe in English:


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Pronunciation: /speɪð


  • A large sheathing bract enclosing the flower cluster of certain plants, especially the spadix of arums and palms.
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    • The flower head consists of a spathe and spadix.
    • Four of the five bracts that enclose and protect the plant's spathe and spadix now have fallen.
    • Always bitterly exuberant, you see life as a pink spathe swathing a yellow spadix.


late 18th century: via Latin from Greek spathē 'broad blade'.

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