from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of two or three small scales at the base of the ovary in a grass flower, believed to be a rudimentary perianth.
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- n. A small scale at the base of the ovary of a flower of a grass
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the two or three delicate membranous scales which are next to the stamens in grasses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, one of the scales which occur in the flowers of some grasses, inserted on the receptacle just outside the stamens. Also called squamula and paleola.
Latin lōdīcula, small blanket, diminutive of lōdīx, lōdīc-, blanket.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)