[ ak-sil ]
/ ˈæk sɪl /

noun Botany.

the angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the supporting stem or branch.

Nearby words

  1. axial vector,
  2. axial-flow,
  3. axial-flow compressor,
  4. axially,
  5. axifugal,
  6. axile,
  7. axilemma,
  8. axilla,
  9. axillae,
  10. axillar

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for axil


/ (ˈæksɪl) /


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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Science definitions for axil


[ ăksĭl ]

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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