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ocrea

[ok-ree-uh, oh-kree-uh] /ˈɒk ri ə, ˈoʊ kri ə/
noun, plural ocreae
[ok-ree-ee, oh-kree-ee] /ˈɒk riˌi, ˈoʊ kriˌi/ (Show IPA).
Botany, Zoology.
1.
a sheathing part, as a pair of stipules united about a stem.
Also, ochrea.
Origin of ocrea
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin: greave, legging
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  • Part of stem and leaf of Prince's-Feather (Polygonum orientale) with the united sheathing stipules forming a sheath or ocrea.

British Dictionary definitions for ocrea

ocrea

/ˈɒkrɪə/
noun (pl) -reae (-rɪˌiː)
1.
a variant spelling of ochrea
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