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bract

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bract \Bract\, noun [See {Bractea}.] (Bot.) (a) A leaf, usually smaller than the true leaves of a plant, from the axil of which a flower stalk arises. (b) Any modified leaf, or scale, on a flower stalk or at the base of a flower.

Note: Bracts are often inconspicuous, but sometimes large and showy, or highly colored, as in many cactaceous plants. The spathes of aroid plants are conspicuous forms of bracts.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bract

noun

1: a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence


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