brac·​te·​ole ˈbrak-tē-ˌōl How to pronounce bracteole (audio)
: a small bract especially on a floral axis

Examples of bracteole in a Sentence

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, 25 Oct. 2017

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Word History


New Latin bracteola, from Latin, diminutive of bractea

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bracteole was in 1812

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“Bracteole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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