from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The scale-like outer leaves of a leaf-bud. See scale, 2.
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The winter-bud is an aggregate of minute buds, each concealed in the axil of a primary leaf converted into a scarious, more or less fimbriate, bud-scale.
475 And each small bud-scale spreads its foliage hard,