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circumnutate

[sur-kuh m-noo-teyt, -nyoo-] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnu teɪt, -ˈnyu-/
verb (used without object), circumnutated, circumnutating.
1.
(of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.
Origin of circumnutate
1875-1880
1875-80; circum- + nutate < Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter
Related forms
circumnutation, noun
circumnutatory
[sur-kuh m-noo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -nyoo-] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Historical Examples
  • It is sufficient for my purpose to point out that Darwin's explanation of circumnutation is not universally accepted.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • Personally I believe that circumnutation is automatic—is primarily due to internal stimuli.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • The bare fact that circumnutation is a general property of plants (other than climbing species) is not generally rejected.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
British Dictionary definitions for circumnutation

circumnutation

/ˌsɜkəmnjuːˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
another name for nutation (sense 3)
Word Origin
C19: from circum- + -nutate, from Latin nūtāre to nod repeatedly, sway
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