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spathe

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noun \ˈspāth\

Definition of spathe

  1. :  a sheathing bract or pair of bracts partly enclosing an inflorescence and especially a spadix on the same axis <the spathe of the calla lily>



Origin of spathe

New Latin spatha, from Latin, broadsword — more at spade


First Known Use: 1785

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