palea

noun
pa·lea | \ˈpā-lē-ə \
plural paleae\ˈpā-lē-ˌē \

Definition of palea 

1 : one of the chaffy scales on the receptacle of many composite plants

2 : the upper bract that with the lemma encloses the flower in grasses

Other Words from palea

paleal \ˈpā-lē-əl \ adjective

First Known Use of palea

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palea

New Latin, from Latin, chaff — more at pallet

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palea

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Paleacrita

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