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amplexicaul

[ am-plek-si-kawl ]
/ æmˈplɛk sɪˌkɔl /
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adjective Botany.
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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British Dictionary definitions for amplexicaul

amplexicaul
/ (æmˈplɛksɪˌkɔːl) /

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

Word Origin for amplexicaul

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