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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.
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|Adj.||1.||bracteal - pertaining to or resembling or functioning as a bract|
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