palea

noun
pa·​lea | \ ˈpā-lē-ə How to pronounce palea (audio) \
plural paleae\ ˈpā-​lē-​ˌē How to pronounce paleae (audio) \

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 How to pronounce paleal (audio) \ 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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paldao

pale

pale-

palea

paleaceous

Paleacrita

pale ale

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