- a bract or pair of bracts, often large and colored, subtending or enclosing a spadix or flower cluster.
Origin of spathe
Examples from the Web for spathe
Historical Examples of spathe
The spathe which contains the flowers is also put to many uses.The Forest Exiles
On examining the tub I have spoken of, we found that it was formed from the spathe of the palm.On the Banks of the Amazon
Operations begin when the spathe is still enclosed by its sheath.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
This organ, rolled up in a coil or spiral, is named the spathe.Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
In Richardia æthiopica one or more leaves become occasionally as white as the spathe is usually.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
- a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms
Word Origin for spathe
- A large, leaflike, often showy bract that encloses a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit or calla lily.