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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.]
(Botany) a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms
[C18: from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē a blade]
a bract, often large and colored, enclosing a spadix or spike of flowers.
[1775–85; < Latin spatha < Greek spáthē blade, sword, stem; compare spade2]
A leaf-like plant part that surrounds a spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.