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A leaflike or scalelike plant part, usually small, sometimes showy or brightly colored, and located just below a flower, a flower stalk, or an inflorescence.
[From Latin bractea, gold leaf, perhaps from Greek brakhein, to rattle.]
brac′te·al (brăk′tē-əl) adj.
(Botany) a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
[C18: from New Latin bractea, Latin: thin metal plate, gold leaf, variant of brattea, of obscure origin]
a specialized leaflike plant part, sometimes large and showy, usu. situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.
[1760–70; earlier bractea < Latin: a thin plate of metal]
brac′te•ate (-ti ɪt, -ˌeɪt) bract′ed, adj.
A small, leaf-like plant part growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Most bracts are thin and inconspicuous, but some are brightly colored.
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|Noun||1.||bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence|
inflorescence - the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
calycle, calyculus, epicalyx, false calyx - a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus
husk - outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
spathe - a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence
involucre - a highly conspicuous bract or bract pair or ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence
glume - small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae