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amplexicaul

[ am-plek-si-kawl ]

adjective

, Botany.
  1. clasping the stem, as some leaves do at their base.


amplexicaul

/ æmˈplɛksɪˌkɔːl /

adjective

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of amplexicaul1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amplexicaul1

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

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Example Sentences

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

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