bract

noun
\ˈbrakt \

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 \ adjective
bracteate \ ˈbrak-​tē-​ət , -​ˌāt \ adjective
bracted \ ˈbrak-​təd \ adjective

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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, "Container plants perfect for the San Antonio summer heat," 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, "Evergreen dogwood: Some bark and lots of blooms," 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, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 Eventually, the bracts fall and the flowers develop into bright red berries. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018 Some other species of dogwood don’t have bracts at all, just clusters of fluffy, delicate small flowers. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Classic dogwood likely won't survive in Chicago yards, but others will," 4 Apr. 2018 This grows into a tall, rangy shrub whose scarlet bracts appear in the winter. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Dreaming of a white (or pink) poinsettia?," 15 Dec. 2017 This grows into a tall, rangy shrub whose scarlet bracts appear in the winter. Adrian Higgins, kansascity, "Dreaming of a white (or pink) poinsettia?," 14 Dec. 2017 Instead it is achieved by breeding to increase the red pigmentation in the layers of bract cells. Adrian Higgins, kansascity, "Dreaming of a white (or pink) poinsettia?," 14 Dec. 2017

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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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