Origin of axil

First recorded in 1785–95, axil is from the Latin word axilla armpit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for axil


  1. the angle between the upper surface of a branch or leafstalk and the stem from which it grows

Word Origin for axil

C18: from Latin axilla armpit
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axil in Science


  1. The angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the stem or branch that supports it. A bud is usually found in the axil.
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