[ brak-tee-ohl ]
/ ˈbræk tiˌoʊl /

noun Botany.

a small or secondary bract, as on a pedicel.
Also bract·let [brakt-lit] /ˈbrækt lɪt/.

Origin of bracteole

1820–30; < New Latin bracteola, equivalent to Latin bracte(a) a thin plate of metal, gold leaf + -ola -ole1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bracteole

  • Bractlet (Bracteola), or Bracteole, is a bract seated on the pedicel or flower-stalk, 73.

British Dictionary definitions for bracteole


/ (ˈbræktɪˌəʊl) /


a secondary bract subtending a flower within an inflorescenceAlso called: 'bractlet

Derived Forms

bracteolate (ˈbræktɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for bracteole

C19: from New Latin bracteola, from bractea thin metal plate; see bract
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Science definitions for bracteole


[ brăktē-ōl′ ]

A small bract.
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