[ in-vuh-loo-ker ]
/ ˈɪn vəˌlu kər /


Botany. a collection or rosette of bracts subtending a flower cluster, umbel, or the like.
a covering, especially a membranous one.

Origin of involucre

1570–80; < Middle French < Latin involūcrum involucrum


in·vo·lu·cral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for involucre


involucrum (ˌɪnvəˈluːkrəm)

/ (ˈɪnvəˌluːkə) /

noun plural -cres or -cra (-krə)

a ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence in such plants as the composites

Derived forms of involucre

involucral, adjectiveinvolucrate, adjective

Word Origin for involucre

C16 (in the sense: envelope): from New Latin involucrum, from Latin: wrapper, from involvere to wrap; see involve
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Scientific definitions for involucre

[ ĭn′-və-lōōkər ]

A series of bracts beneath or around a flower or flower cluster. The cupule, the cuplike structure holding an oak acorn, is a modified, woody involucre.
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