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  1. Anatomy, Ornithology. pertaining to the axilla.
  2. Botany. pertaining to or growing from the axil.
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noun, plural ax·il·lar·ies.
  1. Ornithology. axillar.
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Origin of axillary

First recorded in 1605–15; axill(a) + -ary
Related formsin·ter·ax·il·lar·y, adjectivepost·ax·il·lar·y, adjectivesu·per·ax·il·lar·y, adjective
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Related Words for axillary

alar, alary, axillary

Examples from the Web for axillary

Historical Examples of axillary

  • Flowers greenish-yellow, axillary, solitary; peduncle not curved.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

    T. H. Pardo de Tavera

  • The axillary branches in like manner showed traces of cleavage.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Even later than this is the growth of the axillary and pubic hair.

  • The flowers are in axillary cymes, and the fruit is a berry.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • Its stem is also more freely branched, and its flowers are axillary and terminal.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for axillary


  1. of, relating to, or near the armpit
  2. botany growing in or related to the axilan axillary bud
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noun plural -laries
  1. Also called: axillar (ækˈsɪlə, ˈæksɪlə) (usually plural) one of the feathers growing from the axilla of a bird's wing
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Word Origin and History for axillary


"pertaining to the armpit or shoulder," 1610s, from Latin *axillaris, from axilla "armpit, upper arm, wing" (see axle).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

axillary in Medicine


  1. Relating to the axilla.
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