bract
noun Etymology: New Latin bractea, from Latin, thin metal plate Date: 1770 1. a leaf from the axil of which a flower or floral axis arises 2. a leaf borne on a floral axis; especially one subtending a flower or flower clusterbracteal adjectivebracteate adjectivebracted adjective

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  • bract — bract; bract·ed; bract·let; …   English syllables

  • Bract — Bract, n. [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. [1913 Webster] Note:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bract — (n.) in botany, small leaf at the base of a flower, Modern Latin, from L. bractea, lit. thin metal plate, of unknown origin. Related: Bracteal; bracteate …   Etymology dictionary

  • bract — ► NOUN Botany ▪ a modified leaf with a flower or flower cluster in its axil. ORIGIN Latin bractea thin metal plate …   English terms dictionary

  • bract — [brakt] n. [ModL bractea < L, thin metal plate] a modified leaf, usually small and scalelike, sometimes large and brightly colored, from whose axil grows a flower or inflorescence bracteal [brak′tē əl] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Bract — In botany, a bract is a modified or specialized leaf. Bracts are ordinarily associated with reproductive structures (subtending flowers, inflorescence axes, or cone scales). They are ordinarily reduced in size relative to foliage leaves, or of a… …   Wikipedia

  • bract —   n. leaf from axil of which flower is produced.    ♦ bracteal, a. bract like.    ♦ bracteate,   a. bearing bracts.    ♦ bracteiform, a. bract shaped.    ♦ bracteole, n. small bract; bract at base of flower.    ♦ bracteolate, a. having bracteoles …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bract — UK [brækt] / US noun [countable] Word forms bract : singular bract plural bracts biology a type of leaf that grows from a stem where the flower develops …   English dictionary

  • bract — [[t]brækt[/t]] n. bot a specialized leaflike plant part, sometimes large and showy, usu. situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence • Etymology: 1760–70; earlier bractea < L: a thin plate of metal brac′te•al, adj. brac′te•ate ti ɪt,… …   From formal English to slang

  • bract — n. [L. bractea, small leaf] (CNIDARIA: Hydrozoa) A protective medusoid (hydrophyllium or phyllozooid) siphonophoran with a simple or branched gastrovascular canal …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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