brac·​te·​ole | \ ˈbrak-tē-ˌōl How to pronounce bracteole (audio) \

Definition of bracteole

: a small bract especially on a floral axis

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Recent Examples on the Web On either side of their orchid-like faces grow whisker-thin leaves called bracteoles that extend up to a foot long. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "5 Unnervingly Spooky Houseplants for Halloween," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bracteole

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bracteole

New Latin bracteola, from Latin, diminutive of bractea

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“Bracteole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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