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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bract  \Bract\,  n.  [See  {Bractea}.]  (Bot.) 
  a  A  leaf,  usually  smaller  than  the  true  leaves  of  a  plant, 
  from  the  axil  of  which  a  flower  stalk  arises. 
  b  Any  modified  leaf,  or  scale,  on  a  flower  stalk  or  at  the 
  base  of  a  flower. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bract 
  n  :  a  modified  leaf  or  leaflike  part  just  below  and  protecting 
  an  inflorescence 




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