cataphyll

noun cata·phyll \ˈkatəˌfil\

Definition of cataphyll

plural

-s

  1. :  a rudimentary scalelike leaf (as a bud scale) that precedes the foliage leaves of a plant — compare hypsophyll

cataphyllary

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cataphyll

cata- + -phyll; intended as translation of German niederblatt, literally, lower leaf


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