pappus

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Etymology[edit]

Via Latin from Ancient Greek παπποσ (pappos), affectionate term for elderly men (referencing beards).

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pappus (plural pappuses or pappi)

  1. (botany) The markedly reduced sepals of an Asteraceae floret that take the form of trichomes or scale attached to the ovary or seed.

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