palea

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin, chaff.

Noun[edit]

palea (plural paleae)

  1. (botany) The interior chaff or husk of grasses.
  2. (botany) One of the chaffy scales or bractlets growing on the receptacle of many compound flowers, such as the sunflower.
  3. (zoology) A pendulous process of the skin on the throat of a bird, as in the turkey; a dewlap.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Proto-Indo-European root shared with Sanskrit पलाव (palāva, chaff), Old Church Slavonic плева (pleva), Russian пелева (peleva), and Lithuanian pelus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

palea f (genitive paleae); first declension

  1. (usually in the plural) chaff.
  2. The wattles or gills of a cock.
  3. dross
  4. husk
  5. straw

Declension[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative palea paleae
genitive paleae paleārum
dative paleae paleīs
accusative paleam paleās
ablative paleā paleīs
vocative palea paleae

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Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

palea

  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of palear.
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of palear.