in·​vo·​lu·​cre ˈin-və-ˌlü-kər How to pronounce involucre (audio)
: one or more whorls of bracts situated below and close to a flower, flower cluster, or fruit
involucral adjective
involucrate adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of involucre was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Involucre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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