The obscure word of the week is ebracteate

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThe first obscure English word for 2019 is ebracteate.

It’s a botanical term referring to a plant that has no bracts. Of course you’ll want to know what ‘bracts’ means now, I can see that coming. Well, maybe another time…

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

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5 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is ebracteate

  1. Well, I thought I knew what bracts are — some sort of plant part, right? Had to look it up anyway: specialized leaves usually associated with reproductive structures. Sadly, Wikipedia didn’t furnish examples of plants that lack them. Botany is actually full of great obscure words — lemma, palea, and glume. They’re all bracts! 😀

    1. I suspect botanists are as expert at coining obscure English words (usually by plundering Latin I suspect) as they are at botany. And they have come up with some marvellous ones. I can’t get over just how rich and versatile English actually is.

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