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 formsbrac·te·al [brak-tee-uh l] /ˈbræk ti əl/, adjectivebract·ed, adjectivebract·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bract

needle, stalk, frond, petal, scale, blade, leaflet, flag, pad, stipule, petiole, foliole

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British Dictionary definitions for bract



a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
Derived Formsbracteal, 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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Word Origin and History for bract

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bract in Science



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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