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Definition of INVOLUCRE

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Involucre \In"vo*lu`cre\ (?; 277), n. [L. involucrum a covering, wrapper, fr. involvere to wrap up, envelop: cf. F. involucre. See {Involve}.] (Bot.) (a) A whorl or set of bracts around a flower, umbel, or head. (b) A continuous marginal covering of sporangia, in certain ferns, as in the common brake, or the cup-shaped processes of the filmy ferns. (c) The peridium or volva of certain fungi. Called also {involucrum}. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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