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- noun botany A
leaf, sometimes abortive, sometimes persistent, that does not develop into a photosynthetic structure, but instead fulfills protectiveor storage functions. Examples include cotyledons, bud-scales, glochids, rhizome-scales, and bulb-scales.
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- noun a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development
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