a large, leaflike part or pair of such parts enclosing a flower cluster (esp. a spadix)
Origin of spatheModern Latin spatha from L, a flat blade: see spade
A leaflike bract that encloses or subtends a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.
Origin of spatheLatin spatha broadsword from Greek spathē broad blade
From Latin spatha, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€Î¬Î¸Î· (spathÃª) "blade".