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lodicule

[ lod-i-kyool ]

noun

, Botany.
  1. one of the specialized scales at the base of the ovary of certain grass flowers.


lodicule

/ ˈlɒdɪˌkjuːl /

noun

  1. any of two or three minute scales at the base of the ovary in grass flowers that represent the corolla


lodicule

/ lŏdĭ-kyo̅o̅l′ /

  1. One of two or three small rounded bodies at the base of the carpel of a grass flower. The swelling of the lodicules forces apart the flower's bracts, exposing the flower's reproductive organs.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lodicule1

1860–65; < New Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of Latin lōdīx (stem lōdīc- ) blanket, rug; -ule

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lodicule1

C19: from Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of lōdix blanket

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Example Sentences

In Melica there is one large anterior lodicule resulting presumably from the union of the two which are present in allied genera.

Lodicule, one of the scales answering to perianth-leaves in Grass-flowers.

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