AskDefine | Define spathe

Dictionary Definition

spathe n : a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From spatha, from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spathê) "blade".

Pronunciation

  • /speɪð/

Noun

  1. In the context of "botany": A large bract that envelops or subtends an inflorescence, especially a spadix.

See also

Extensive Definition

Spathe may refer to:
  • A hood-like bract, found along with a spadix, of inflorescences on plants in the arum family (Araceae)
  • A leaf-like bract subtending an inflorescence in various genera in the dayflower family (Commelinaceae)
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