[ speyth ]
/ speɪð /

noun Botany.

a bract or pair of bracts, often large and colored, subtending or enclosing a spadix or flower cluster.

Origin of spathe

1775–85; < Latin spatha < Greek spáthē blade, sword, stem; cf. spade2


spathed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for spathe

/ (speɪð) /


a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms

Derived forms of spathe

spathaceous (spəˈθeɪʃəs), adjectivespathed, adjective

Word Origin for spathe

C18: from Latin spatha, from Greek spathē a blade
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Scientific definitions for spathe

[ spāð ]

A large, leaflike, often showy bract that encloses a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit or calla lily.
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