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pa•le•a



Pronunciation: (pā'lē-u), [key]
n.,
pl. -le•aePronunciation: (-lē-ē"). [key]

1. a chafflike scale or bract.
2. the scalelike, membranous organ in the flowers of grasses that is situated upon a secondary axis in the axil of the flowering glume and envelops the stamens and pistil.

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