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  • n. Plural form of bract.


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  • The bracts are a brown color that resembles the leaf litter from which the reproductive stems emerge and cover the pinkish-purple colored buds and deep purple stems. - latest science and technology news stories

  • And the flowers are not really flowers at all but modified leaves called bracts, just like the bracts on the poinsettia.


  • Etruscan times down to those of the Scalas, the fashion of armour held, among the nations who wished to make themselves terrible in aspect, of putting cut plates or 'bracts' of metal, like dragons 'wings, on each side of the crest.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • 'bracts' by botanists, a good word, from the Latin 'bractea,' meaning a piece of metal plate, so thin as to crackle.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • Check the plant's flowers, which are the small yellowish buds in the center of the bright red petals that are in fact leaves or bracts.

    The poinsettia, Mexico's Christmas gift to the world

  • It stared back, living but lifeless, bracts raised as in a shrug: Now what do I do?


  • The most dangerous parts are on the bracts that encircle the base of each flower.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • They like a hearty soil and plenty of sun, but above all they need shelter from the wind, so that the bracts are not torn to shreds when in season.

    London's fragrant front gardens

  • A Davidia involucrata was just coming into bloom in Kensington and I stood on the pavement and marvelled at the papery bracts dangling above me.

    London's fragrant front gardens

  • The bright petals of the poinsettia are not really flowers, but bracts or leaves that surround the true blossom, a rather inconspicuous cluster of yellow florets.

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    January 19, 2010