[ok-ree-uh, oh-kree-uh]

noun, plural oc·re·ae [ok-ree-ee, oh-kree-ee] /ˈɒk riˌi, ˈoʊ kriˌi/. Botany, Zoology.

a sheathing part, as a pair of stipules united about a stem.

Also ochrea.

Origin of ocrea

1820–30; < Latin: greave, legging
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Examples from the Web for ocrea

Historical Examples of ocrea

  • Part of stem and leaf of Prince's-Feather (Polygonum orientale) with the united sheathing stipules forming a sheath or ocrea.

British Dictionary definitions for ocrea


noun plural -reae (-rɪˌiː)

a variant spelling of ochrea
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