bract

noun
\ ˈbrakt How to pronounce bract (audio) \

Definition of bract

1 : a leaf from the axil of which a flower or floral axis arises
2 : a leaf borne on a floral axis especially : one subtending a flower or flower cluster

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Other Words from bract

bracteal \ ˈbrak-​tē-​əl How to pronounce bract (audio) \ adjective
bracteate \ ˈbrak-​tē-​ət How to pronounce bract (audio) , -​ˌāt \ adjective
bracted \ ˈbrak-​təd How to pronounce bract (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bract in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flowers are born in clusters of 5-7 blooms out of a long narrow pale green bract. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 14 Feb. 2021 The tipping also encourages side stems, and at the end of each side stem a colored bract will emerge. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 30 July 2020 If the plants do not have at least a hint of color in the bracts, look for the light source. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Nov. 2019 More likely, however, your plant is experiencing short days in partial shade that encourages out-of-season red bracts. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 27 July 2019 This time of year, Troy collects linden blossoms and bracts to make a calming floral tea-like tissane. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, 27 June 2019 The tipping also encourages more side stems and at the end of each side stem, a colored bract will emerge. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2018 These blooms are, in fact, the flowers’ bracts, but most gardeners naturally think of them as this handsome tree’s flowers. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2018 Salmon pink flowers are tiny and ephemeral, but the red and yellow bracts that surround them remain ornamental for months. Karen Dardick, sandiegouniontribune.com, 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of bract

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bract

New Latin bractea, from Latin, thin metal plate

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“Bract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bract. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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