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ocrea

Syllabification: oc·re·a
Pronunciation: /ˈäkrēə, ˈōkrēə
 
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(also ochrea)

Definition of ocrea in English:

noun (plural ocreae /ˈäkrē-ē, ˈōkrē-ē/ or ocreas)

Botany
A sheath around a stem formed by the cohesion of two or more stipules, characteristic of the dock family.
Example sentences
  • In this family, the ochrea completely encircles the stem.
  • The stipules take the form of a protective organ, the ochrea, which at first totally covers the shoot bud, and then remains behind as a dry collar.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin, literally 'protective legging'.

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