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circumnutate

[sur-kuh m-noo-teyt, -nyoo-]
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verb (used without object), cir·cum·nu·tat·ed, cir·cum·nu·tat·ing.
  1. (of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.
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Origin of circumnutate

1875–80; circum- + nutate < Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter
Related formscir·cum·nu·ta·tion, nouncir·cum·nu·ta·to·ry [sur-kuh m-noo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -nyoo-] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is sufficient for my purpose to point out that Darwin's explanation of circumnutation is not universally accepted.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • Personally I believe that circumnutation is automatic—is primarily due to internal stimuli.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • The bare fact that circumnutation is a general property of plants (other than climbing species) is not generally rejected.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others


British Dictionary definitions for circumnutation

circumnutation

noun
  1. another name for nutation (def. 3)
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Word Origin

C19: from circum- + -nutate, from Latin nūtāre to nod repeatedly, sway
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