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bract

Syllabification: bract
Pronunciation: /brakt
 
/

Definition of bract in English:

noun

Botany
A modified leaf or scale, typically small, with a flower or flower cluster in its axil. Bracts are sometimes larger and more brightly colored than the true flower, as in a poinsettia.
Example sentences
  • Even though a continuum was observed between the ‘true’ leaves and bracts, for simplicity all primordia bearing an axillary flower were considered as a bract.
  • In addition to a terminal flower there may be several smaller lateral flowers in the axil of cupular bracts, each surrounded by its own small cupule.
  • Grasses and bamboos are known to have large deposits of silica in the tissues of leaf blades and inflorescence bracts.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin bractea 'thin plate of metal'.

Derivatives

bracteate

1
Pronunciation: /-tēit, -tēˌāt/
adjective
Example sentences
  • They are a variety of the preceding, but of smaller size and with the bracteate leaves dull red.
  • Male spikelets are on separate individuals, in small bracteate heads 1-2 cm in diameter.
  • It has white flowers in a whorled, bracteate raceme, no spathe, roots with tubers.

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