- the upper, or inner, thin, membranous bract enclosing the flower in grasses
- pale (sense )
Origin of paleaModern Latin from L, chaff from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to cover, a skin from source fell, film
- The upper of the two bracts that enclose each floret in a grass spikelet.
- A small bract at the base of a disc floret in some plants of the composite family.
Origin of paleaLatin chaff
- (botany) The interior chaff or husk of grasses.
- (botany) One of the chaffy scales or bractlets growing on the receptacle of many compound flowers, such as the sunflower.
- (zoology) A pendulous process of the skin on the throat of a bird, as in the turkey; a dewlap.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.