- the angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the supporting stem or branch.
Origin of axil
First recorded in 1785–95, axil is from the Latin word axilla armpit
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Examples from the Web for axil
Is there always a bud in the axil where the leaf stalk joins the twig?
A lateral bud is one situated on the side of a twig in the axil of a leaf-scar.Michigan Trees
Charles Herbert Otis
Butternut branch, with accessory buds, the uppermost above the axil.
Extra-axillary, said of a branch or bud somewhat out of the axil, 31.
Axil, the angle on the upper side between a leaf and the stem, 13.
- the angle between the upper surface of a branch or leafstalk and the stem from which it grows
C18: from Latin axilla armpit
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- 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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