adjective Botany.

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

Origin of amplexicaul

1750–60; < New Latin amplexicaulis, equivalent to Latin amplex(us) embrace (see amplexus) + -i- -i- + caulis stem (see cole) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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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