spathe

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noun \ ˈspāt͟h \

Definition of spathe

:a sheathing bract or pair of bracts partly enclosing an inflorescence and especially a spadix on the same axis
  • the spathe of the calla lily

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Origin and Etymology of spathe

New Latin spatha, from Latin, broadsword — more at spade


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