• WordNet 3.6
    • n bract a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bract (Bot) A leaf, usually smaller than the true leaves of a plant, from the axil of which a flower stalk arises.Bracts are often inconspicuous, but sometimes large and showy, or highly colored, as in many cactaceous plants. The spathes of aroid plants are conspicuous forms of bracts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bract In botany, a leaf in a flower-cluster or subtending a flower, usually differing somewhat from an ordinary leaf in size, form, or texture, often much reduced, and sometimes petaloid, highly colored, and very conspicuous.
    • n bract In zoology, a part of a hydrozoan likened to a bract of a plant; a hydrophyllium. See cuts under Athorybia and hydrophyllium.
    • n bract A thin plate of metal used as an ornament, as, for example, one of the gold disk-like ornaments made in Scandinavian countries in the Viking age.
    • n bract The oval distal exite on the appendages of certain segments of phyllopod crustaceans, as Apus, probably serving a respiratory function.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bract brakt an irregularly developed leaf at the base of the flower-stalk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bractea
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. bractea, a thin plate of metal, gold-leaf.


In literature:

The leaves of the stem are bract-like and distant, the upper one or two subtending slender peduncles.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
Chiefly of soft grey and green colours, the bracts are, however, suffused with a warmer reddish tint.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Tuba is collected from the unexpanded blossoms as soon as they have fairly pushed through the subtending bracts.
"The Cocoanut" by William S. Lyon
The spikes of the flowers grow nearly 4 feet long, in bunches, covered with purple-coloured bracts.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Br, The bract devoid of muscles and respiratory in function.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
When the weevil punctures a square, it turns yellow and the bracts flare open.
"How to Prosper in Boll Weevil Territory" by G. H. Alford
The bracts of the male are oval, with sharp tips, each containing an uncertain (3-12) number of stamens.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
Bracts are frequently changed into complete leaves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
This spathe is a bract-like sheath, of an imperfect tubular form.
"Odd People" by Mayne Reid
The colour of the bracts is a deep yellow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
The crown of the pine-apple, c, consists of a series of empty bracts prolonged beyond the fruit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
The small drupe-like fruit is attached to the persistent bracts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4" by Various
Bracts forming a fleshy or hard cupule which envelops the one to several fruits.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
The involucre consists of an outer spreading (or reflexed) and an inner and erect row of bracts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various
In lieu of leaves, the plant was supplied with many overlapping scalelike bracts of a flesh-tint.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
The bracts can then only be distinguished from the bractlets by being rather more acute and more strongly veined.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
Bracts and stipules none.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
It has bright yellowish-green flowers, 2 to 4 on a stem, with large leaf-like bracts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
Bracts, development of, 166.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse
Cyme of flowers, with its bract, x 1/2.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis

In news:

Actually it is the bract surrounding the flower that furnishes the brilliant color.
Dogwoods produce showy "flowers" — actually flower bracts (modified leaves) that surround the tiny greenish-yellow flowers.
The narrow bracts (colorful blooms) of 'Freedom Fireworks' poinsettia work well with the needles of Virginia pine boughs.