from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of the scale-like protective structures found on certain Siphonophora and considered to be greatly modified medusoids. Same as
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- noun (Bot.) A bract.
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- noun botany
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The scales which form the female catkin are of a whitish green; the bractea on the back is slightly reddish on its upper side; and the stigma, which has two points, is of a bright red.
Of the German medieval coins, the "bracteates" (Lat. bractea, "a thin sheet of metal") deserve special mention.
Fasciculi pauciflori: spiculae cum pedunculo brevissimo articulatae et solubiles, et subtensae bractea nervosa carinata ejusdem circiter longitudinis.
O. labio quadrifido, maculato; comu germinibus et bractea breviore.
Caroli a Linné species plantarum; exhibentes plantas rite cognitas ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas
An intelligent friend of mine, now in India, says that the pod of cotton is overhung by a brown leaf (bractea?), and if the cotton is gathered early in the morning, whilst the dew is on the plant, this leaf is tough and does not break, and the cotton is gathered clean; but if it is picked after the dew has evaporated, this leaf is brittle, and gets mixed with the cotton in the picking.
'bracts' by botanists, a good word, from the Latin 'bractea,' meaning a piece of metal plate, so thin as to crackle.