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bracteate

Line breaks: brac¦te|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈbraktɪət
 
, -tɪeɪt/

Definition of bracteate in English:

adjective

Botany
Having or bearing bracts.
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.

noun

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An ornament or plate of thinly beaten precious metal, typically a thin gold disc.
Example sentences
  • These bracteates date from the sixth or seventh century onward; some have come down from the Viking period.
  • He only recorded the details of the men's heads in order to be able to study bracteates without any animals as well.
  • Before working with gold bracteates, I practiced with shiny coins, though I did not have any gold ones.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin bracteatus, from bractea (see bract).

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