noun . Botany a specialized leaf or leaflike part, usually situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence. Origin of bract 1760–70; earlier bractea < Latin: a thin plate of metal Related forms brac·te·al , [ brak-tee- uh l] /ˈbræk ti əl/ adjective bract·ed, adjective bract·less, adjective
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foliole Examples from the Web for bract Historical Examples of bract British Dictionary definitions for bract noun a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil Derived Forms bracteal, adjective bractless, adjective Word Origin for bract
C18: from New Latin
bractea, Latin: thin metal plate, gold leaf, variant of brattea, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bract n.
in botany, "small leaf at the base of a flower," Modern Latin, from Latin
bractea, literally "thin metal plate," of unknown origin. Related: Bracteal; bracteate.
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A modified leaf growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Bracts are generally small and inconspicuous, but some are showy and petallike, as the brightly colored bracts of bougainvillaea or the white or pink bracts of flowering dogwoods.
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