Definition of Spathe

1. Noun. A conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence.

Generic synonyms: Bract



Definition of Spathe

1. n. A special involucre formed of one leaf and inclosing a spadix, as in aroid plants and palms. See the Note under Bract, and Illust. of Spadix.

Definition of Spathe

1. Noun. (botany) A large bract that envelops or subtends a whole inflorescence, typically a spadix. ¹

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Definition of Spathe

1. a leaflike organ of certain plants [n -S] : SPATHAL, SPATHED, SPATHOSE [adj]

Medical Definition of Spathe

1. A large bract ensheathing an inflorescence. (09 Oct 1997)

Spathe Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spathe

spatangoidea
spatangoids
spatangus
spatchcock
spatchcocked
spatchcocking
spatchcocks
spate
spates
spatfall
spatfalls
spatha
spathaceous
spathal
spathas
spathe (current term)
spathe flower
spathed
spathella
spathes
spathic
spathiform
spathiphyllum
spathose
spathous
spathulate
spathulenol
spatia
spatia anguli iridocornealis
spatia interossea metacarpi

Literary usage of Spathe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"Summer-blooming, yellow-fld. species, distinguished from the next by characters of pedicel and spathe: bulb ovoid; neck 1^-2 in. long: spathe tubular in the ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"Gardeners recommend as soil for their culture a mixture of leaf-mold, peat and fibrous loam, together with some sand and charcoal. A. spathe less than 4 in. ..."

3. Class-book of Botany: Being Outlines of the Structure, Physiology and by Alphonso Wood (1861)
"spathe convolute at base, limb arched or somewhat plain; spadix covered with ... spathe green without, usually variegated within with stripes of dark purple ..."

4. Botany of the United States North of Virginia: Comprising Descriptions of by Lewis Caleb Beck (1848)
"spathe ovate; the upper portion arched over at the top, greenish, dark purple, or variegated. Berries forming a dense ovoid head. ..."

5. The Flora of British India by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1890)
"Fern. fl. much larger, solitary, sessile in a longer spathe, i wrinkled, ... deliquescent, spathe persistent, placentas nearly meeting in the centre, ..."

6. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"plants large. B. Pedicel much shorter than the spathe 3. tectorum BB. Pedicel about as long as the spathe or only slightly shorter. c. ..."

7. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1902)
"241) may be taken as a type, the ensheathing spathe widens out above, ... At the part where the spathe is constricted the spadix is encompassed by a ring of ..."

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