Palea

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palea (Zoöl) A pendulous process of the skin on the throat of a bird, as in the turkey; a dewlap.
    • Palea (Bot) One of the chaffy scales or bractlets growing on the receptacle of many compound flowers, as the Coreopsis, the sunflower, etc.
    • Palea (Bot) The interior chaff or husk of grasses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palea In botany:
    • n palea One of the chaff-like bracts or scales subtending the individual flowers in the heads of many Compositæ chaff.
    • n palea The scales on the stems of certain ferns.
    • n palea The scale-like, usually membranaceous organ in the flowers of grasses which is situated upon a secondary axis in the axil of the flowering glume and envelops the stamens and pistil. It is always bicarinate and is usually bidentate. Also called palet.
    • n palea In ornithology, a fleshy pendulous skin of the chin or throat, as the dewlap or wattle of the turkey.
    • n palea In annelids, a flattened seta, as in Sabellaria.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palea pā′lē-a (bot.) a chaffy bract at the base of the florets in many Compositæ, also one of the inner scales of a grass-flower opposite the flowering glume: the throat-wattle, as in turkeys
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., chaff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. palea, chaff.

Usage

In literature:

Ex aliis paleas, ex istis collige grana.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Ex aliis paleas, ex istis collige grana.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
The lower palea of this plant forms an inverted flower-bud upon its midrib.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Some in Europe call the flowering glume lower palea to distinguish it from the real palea which they call the upper palea.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Pareah (Palea) seems to have been the principal instrument in bringing about this fatal disaster.
"A Narrative of the Death of Captain James Cook" by David Samwell
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