bract definition

  • noun:
    • A leaflike or scalelike plant component, usually small, often showy or colorful, and found just below a flower, a flower stalk, or an inflorescence.
    • A leaf or leaf-like structure from the axil which a the stalk of a flower or an inflorescence arises.
    • A leaf, generally smaller compared to the real leaves of a plant, from axil that a flower stalk arises.
    • Any modified leaf, or scale, on a flower stalk or on base of a flower.
    • In botany, a leaf in a flower-cluster or subtending a flower, frequently varying notably from a regular leaf in dimensions, type, or texture, usually much paid off, and quite often petaloid, very colored, and incredibly conspicuous.
    • In zoology, a part of a hydrozoan likened to a bract of a plant; a hydrophyllium. See cuts under Athorybia and hydrophyllium.
    • A thin bowl of material made use of as an ornament, as, for instance, one of the gold disk-like ornaments produced in Scandinavian nations into the Viking age.
    • The oval distal exite regarding appendages of certain segments of phyllopod crustaceans, as Apus, probably providing a respiratory purpose.
    • a modified leaf or leaflike component just underneath and safeguarding an inflorescence

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