[sur-kuh m-noo-teyt, -nyoo-]
- (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
1875–80; circum- + nutate < Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter
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Examples from the Web for circumnutation
It is sufficient for my purpose to point out that Darwin's explanation of circumnutation is not universally accepted.
Personally I believe that circumnutation is automatic—is primarily due to internal stimuli.
The bare fact that circumnutation is a general property of plants (other than climbing species) is not generally rejected.
- another name for nutation (def. 3)
C19: from circum- + -nutate, from Latin nūtāre to nod repeatedly, sway
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