palea


pa·lea

noun \ˈpā-lē-ə\
plural pa·le·ae \-lē-ˌē\

Definition of PALEA

1
:  one of the chaffy scales on the receptacle of many composite plants
2
:  the upper bract that with the lemma encloses the flower in grasses
pa·le·al \-lē-əl\ adjective

Origin of PALEA

New Latin, from Latin, chaff — more at pallet
First Known Use: 1753

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