[pey-lee-uh] /ˈpeɪ li ə/

noun, plural paleae
[pey-lee-ee] /ˈpeɪ liˌi/ (Show IPA)
a chafflike scale or bract.
the scalelike, membranous organ in the flowers of grasses that is situated upon a secondary axis in the axil of the flowering glume and envelops the stamens and pistil.
noun (botany) (pl) paleae (ˈpeɪlɪˌiː), pales
the inner of two bracts surrounding each floret in a grass spikelet Compare lemma1
any small membranous bract or scale
Plural paleae (pā’lē-ē’)


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