involucre

noun
in·​vo·​lu·​cre | \ ˈin-və-ˌlü-kər How to pronounce involucre (audio) \

Definition of involucre

: one or more whorls of bracts situated below and close to a flower, flower cluster, or fruit

Other Words from involucre

involucral \ ˌin-​və-​ˈlü-​krəl How to pronounce involucre (audio) \ adjective
involucrate \ ˌin-​və-​ˈlü-​krət How to pronounce involucre (audio) , -​ˌkrāt \ adjective

First Known Use of involucre

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for involucre

borrowed from French & New Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from New Latin involūcre, going back to Latin involūcrum, involūcre "wrapper, cover, envelope" — more at involucrum

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The first known use of involucre was in 1785

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“Involucre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involucre. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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