bract

[ brakt ]
/ brækt /

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/, adjectivebract·ed, adjectivebract·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bract

bract

/ (brækt) /

noun

a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil

Derived Forms

bracteal, adjectivebractless, 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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Science definitions for bract

bract

[ brăkt ]

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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