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[koh-lee-op-til, kol-ee-]
noun Botany.
  1. (in grasses) the first leaf above the ground, forming a sheath around the stem tip.
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Origin of coleoptile

1865–70; < New Latin coleoptilum < Greek koleó(n) sheath, scabbard + ptílon soft feathers, down
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British Dictionary definitions for coleoptile


  1. a protective sheath around the plumule in grasses
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin coleoptilum, from Greek koleon sheath + ptilon down, soft plumage
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coleoptile in Science


[kō′lē-ŏptĭl, kŏl′ē-]
  1. A protective sheath enclosing the shoot tip and embryonic leaves of grasses.
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