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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.
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Origin of lodicule

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

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

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray


British Dictionary definitions for lodicule

lodicule

noun
  1. any of two or three minute scales at the base of the ovary in grass flowers that represent the corolla
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Word Origin for lodicule

C19: from Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of lōdix blanket
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lodicule in Science

lodicule

[lŏdĭ-kyōōl′]
  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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