Bract meaning

brăkt
A leaflike or scalelike plant part, usually small, sometimes showy or brightly colored, and located just below a flower, a flower stalk, or an inflorescence.
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A modified leaf, usually small and scalelike, sometimes large and brightly colored, from whose axil grows a flower or inflorescence.
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A modified leaf growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Bracts are generally small and inconspicuous, but some are showy and petallike, as the brightly colored bracts of bougainvillaea or the white or pink bracts of flowering dogwoods.
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(botany) A leaf or leaf-like structure from the axil out of which a stalk of a flower or an inflorescence arises.
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Origin of bract

  • From Latin bractea gold leaf perhaps from Greek brakhein to rattle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition