Latin spathabroadswordfrom Greek spathēbroad blade
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinspatha, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€Î¬Î¸Î· (spathÃª) "blade".
Spathe Sentence Examples
long and the spathe single-flowered.
Lower part of spathe cut open.
- Spadix of Arum niaculatum from which the greater part of the spathe has been cut away.
p, Pistillate, s, staminate flowers; h, sterile flowers forming a circlet of stiff hairs closing the mouth of the chamber formed by the lower part of the spathe.
The plants have long narrow leaves springing from the bulb and a central scape bearing one or more generally large, white or yellow, drooping or inclined flowers, which are enveloped before opening in a membranous spathe.