Spathe definition

spāth
A leaflike bract that encloses or subtends a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.
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A large, leaflike part or pair of such parts enclosing a flower cluster (esp. a spadix)
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A large, leaflike, often showy bract that encloses a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit or calla lily.
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(botany) A large bract that envelops or subtends a whole inflorescence, typically a spadix.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spathe
Plural:
spathes

Origin of spathe

  • Latin spatha broadsword from Greek spathē broad blade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin spatha, from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spathê) "blade".

    From Wiktionary