1. spathe

noun. a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence.


  • spatha (Latin)
  • σπάθη (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Example sentences of the word spathe

1. Noun, singular or mass
The spathe will soon turn brown and die.

2. Adjective
Trim each dead spathe* down to its base, near the plant's crown, which is where the above-ground stems and roots join.

*Verb, past participle

As members of the Araceae or arum family, both pothos and philodendron have spathe flowers that look like small versions of the flowers on a peace lily (Spathiphylum).