axil

[ak-sil]
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noun Botany.

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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axil

noun

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

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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