(Brack"ish) a. [See Brack salt water.] Saltish, or salt in a moderate degree, as water in saline
Springs in deserts found seem sweet, all brackish though they be.
(Brack"ish*ness), n. The quality or state of being brackish, or somewhat salt.
(Brack"y) a. Brackish. Drayton.
(Bract) n. [See Bractea.] (Bot.) (a) A leaf, usually smaller than the true leaves of a plant, from
the axil of which a flower stalk arises. (b) Any modified leaf, or scale, on a flower stalk or at the base
of a flower.
Bracts are often inconspicuous, but sometimes large and showy, or highly colored, as in many cactaceous
plants. The spathes of aroid plants are conspicuous forms of bracts.
(||Brac"te*a) n. [L., a thin plate of metal or wood, gold foil.] (Bot.) A bract.
(Brac"te*al) a. [Cf.F. bractéal.] Having the nature or appearance of a bract.
(Brac"te*ate) a. [Cf.L. bracteatus covered with gold plate.] (Bot.) Having a bract or bracts.
(Bract"ed) a. (Bot.) Furnished with bracts.
(Brac"te*o*late) a. (Bot.) Furnished with bracteoles or bractlets.
(Brac"te*ole) n. [L. bracteola, dim. of bractea. See Bractea.] (Bot.) Same as Bractlet.
(Bract"less), a. (Bot.) Destitute of bracts.
(Bract"let) n. [Bract + - let] (Bot.) A bract on the stalk of a single flower, which is itself on a
main stalk that support several flowers. Gray.
(Brad) n. [Cf.OE. brod, Dan. braad prick, sting, brodde ice spur, frost nail, Sw. brodd frost
nail, Icel. broddr any pointed piece of iron or stell; akin to AS. brord point, spire of grass, and perh. to
E. bristle. See Bristle, n.] A thin nail, usually small, with a slight projection at the top on one side
instead of a head; also, a small wire nail, with a flat circular head; sometimes, a small, tapering, square-
bodied finishing nail, with a countersunk head.
(Brad" awl`) A straight awl with chisel edge, used to make holes for brads, etc. Weale.
(Bra*doon") n. Same as Bridoon.
(||Brae) n. [See Bray a hill.] A hillside; a slope; a bank; a hill. [Scot.] Burns.