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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with spathe

bathe, lathe, rathe, scathe, swathe

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