from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leaflike bract that encloses or subtends a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit and the calla.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large bract that envelops or subtends a whole inflorescence, typically a spadix.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A special involucre formed of one leaf and inclosing a spadix, as in aroid plants and palms. See the Note under bract, and Illust. of spadix.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a peculiar often large and colored bract, or pair of bracts, which subtend or envelop a spadix, as in palms and arums.
- n. In zoology, some spatulate or spoon-shaped part.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence
Latin spatha, broadsword, from Greek spathē, broad blade.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin spatha, from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spathê) "blade". (Wiktionary)