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noun Botany.
  1. a small or secondary bract, as on a pedicel.
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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
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Historical Examples

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

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for bracteole


  1. a secondary bract subtending a flower within an inflorescenceAlso called: 'bractlet
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Derived Formsbracteolate (ˈbræktɪəlɪt, -ˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin

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


  1. A small bract.
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