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adjective Botany.
  1. clasping the stem, as some leaves do at their base.
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Origin of amplexicaul

1750–60; < New Latin amplexicaulis, equivalent to Latin amplex(us) embrace (see amplexus) + -i- -i- + caulis stem (see cole)
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Historical Examples of amplexicaul

  • Amplexicaul, in botany, said of a leaf that embraces and nearly surrounds the stem.

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British Dictionary definitions for amplexicaul


  1. (of some sessile leaves, stipules, etc) having an enlarged base that encircles the stem
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Word Origin for amplexicaul

C18: from New Latin amplexicaulis, from Latin amplectī to embrace + caulis stalk
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