phyl·​la·​ry ˈfi-lə-rē How to pronounce phyllary (audio)
plural phyllaries
: one of the involucral bracts subtending the flower head of a composite plant

Word History


New Latin phyllarium, from Greek phyllarion, diminutive of phyllon leaf

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phyllary was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Phyllary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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