cataphyll

noun
cata·​phyll | \ˈkatəˌfil\
plural -s

Definition of cataphyll 

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

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Other Words from cataphyll

cataphyllary \ ¦⸗⸗¦filərē \ adjective

History and Etymology for cataphyll

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

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