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spathe

 (spāth)
n.
A leaflike bract that encloses or subtends a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.

[Latin spatha, broadsword, from Greek spathē, broad blade.]

spathe

(speɪð)
n
(Botany) a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms
[C18: from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē a blade]
spathaceous adj
spathed adj

spathe

(speɪð)

n.
a bract, often large and colored, enclosing a spadix or spike of flowers.
[1775–85; < Latin spatha < Greek spáthē blade, sword, stem; compare spade2]
spathed, adj.

spathe

(spāth)
A leaf-like plant part that surrounds a spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spathe - a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescencespathe - a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence
bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
Translations
Spatha
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Root and honey, palm and spathe, Guard a cub from harm and scathe
If your mum looks in spring, she'll see the strange flowers that precede fruit - green spathes with a purple spadix.
This technique is used with certain type of date palms like "Al Khunaizi" and "Al Khasab" with long spathes.
This technique is used with certain type of date palms like "Al Khunaizi and "Al Khasab" with long spathes.
Aedes surveys were carried out in 30 houses (both indoor and peridomestic sites) from the peridomestic manmade breeding habitats like cement cisterns, cement tanks, metal containers, plastic drums, plastic containers, metal drums, grinding stones, mud pots, bottles, discarded containers, flowerpots, flower vases, tyres, water pumps, latex cups, polythene sheets, flowerpot trays and also the natural breeding sites like coconut shells, tree-holes, plant axils, coconut leaf-thatched sheets, fallen spathes or bracts (deciduous bracts that envelop or surround the fluorescence or flower) of a coconut palm systematically and reared individually (9-10) from these selected localities seasonally.
For the production of the spathes, 3 variables exist; many, medium and few.
Copping the top prize was Team Inspirers for their project Areka leaf tableware made out of fallen leaf spathes of coconut palm trees.
Then there is, of course, the American skunk cabbage Lysichiton with its yellow and white spathes in spring followed by bold leaves beneath which nothing else survives.
2006) consider that some species, particularly in Bambuseae and in Andropogoneae, develop spathes subtending parts of the inflorescence.
Although there was no explanation of what the design meant or represented, it was often reproduced in the paintings on sago palm spathes traditionally used in ceremonies to line the underside of the roof of the men's house (see Briggs 1928: 269).
Its swirling spathes are reminiscent of a white silken gown.