[ lod-i-kyool ]
/ ˈlɒd ɪˌkyul /
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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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How to use lodicule in a sentence
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.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
British Dictionary definitions for lodicule
/ (ˈlɒdɪˌkjuːl) /
any of two or three minute scales at the base of the ovary in grass flowers that represent the corolla
Word Origin for lodicule
C19: from Latin lōdīcula, diminutive of lōdix blanket
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Scientific definitions for lodicule
[ lŏd′ĭ-kyōōl′ ]
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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