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noun, plural ax·il·lar·ies.
  1. Ornithology. axillar.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for axillary

alar, alary, axillary

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British Dictionary definitions for axillary


  1. of, relating to, or near the armpit
  2. botany growing in or related to the axilan axillary bud
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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axillary in Medicine


  1. Relating to the axilla.
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