from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Bearing bracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having bracts.
  • adj. Made of thin, beaten metal (of coins, ornaments etc. with a hollow underside).
  • n. A bracteate coin or other object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a bract or bracts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished with bracts, in any sense of that word.
  • n. In numismatics, one of certain silver coins current in the middle ages, chiefly in Germany.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having bracts


New Latin bracteātus, from Latin bractea, gold leaf; see bract.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bracteātus ("gold-plated", "golden"), from bractea ("gold leaf", "veneer", "glitter"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "In 1981 a farmer found a gold bracteate – a kind of medallion, fashioned with eyelets so that it could be worn around the neck – at Undley Common, near Lakenheath in Suffolk."
    - David Crystal, By Hook or By Crook p 44

    December 15, 2008