Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of two or three small scales at the base of the ovary in a grass flower, believed to be a rudimentary perianth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small scale at the base of the ovary of a flower of a grass

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the two or three delicate membranous scales which are next to the stamens in grasses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, one of the scales which occur in the flowers of some grasses, inserted on the receptacle just outside the stamens. Also called squamula and paleola.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin lōdīcula, small blanket, diminutive of lōdīx, lōdīc-, blanket.

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