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Meaning of PALEA

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pa"le*a\, n.; pl. {Pale[ae]} (-[=e]). [L., chaff.]
1. (Bot.)
   (a) The interior chaff or husk of grasses.
   (b) One of the chaffy scales or bractlets growing on the
       receptacle of many compound flowers, as the Coreopsis,
       the sunflower, etc.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A pendulous process of the skin on the throat
   of a bird, as in the turkey; a dewlap.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: In a grass floret, the upper one of the two bracts enclosing a flower.
 

 

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