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cauline

[kaw-lin, -lahyn]
adjective Botany.
  1. of or relating to a stem, especially pertaining to or arising from the upper part of a stem.
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Origin of cauline

1750–60; < Latin caul(is) a stalk, stem + -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for cauline

cauline

adjective
  1. relating to or growing from a plant stem
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Word Origin for cauline

C18: from New Latin caulīnus, from Latin caulis stem
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Word Origin and History for cauline

adj.

"pertaining to or growing on a stem," 1756, from Latin caulis "stalk" (see cole).

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