One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the bracts forming the involucre in plants of the family Asteraceae (Compositae).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Arthur Henfrey (d. 1859), botanist. From scientific Latin phyllarium from Hellenistic Greek ϕυλλάριον small leaf from ancient Greek ϕύλλον leaf + -άριον, extended form of -ιον, diminutive suffix.
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