noun, Botany.
a bract or pair of bracts, often large and colored, subtending or enclosing a spadix or flower cluster.
a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms

A large, leaflike, often showy bract that encloses a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit or calla lily.


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