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palea

play
noun pa·lea \ˈpā-lē-ə\

Definition of palea

plural paleae play \-lē-ˌē\

  1. 1 :  one of the chaffy scales on the receptacle of many composite plants

  2. 2 :  the upper bract that with the lemma encloses the flower in grasses

paleal play \-lē-əl\ adjective


Origin of palea

New Latin, from Latin, chaff — more at pallet


First Known Use: 1753


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