coleoptile

[ koh-lee-op-til, kol-ee- ]
/ ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tɪl, ˌkɒl i- /

noun Botany.

(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

coleoptile
/ (ˌkɒlɪˈɒptaɪl) /

noun

a protective sheath around the plumule in grasses

Word Origin for coleoptile

C19: from New Latin coleoptilum, from Greek koleon sheath + ptilon down, soft plumage
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Scientific definitions for coleoptile

coleoptile
[ kō′lē-ŏptĭl, kŏl′ē- ]

A protective sheath enclosing the shoot tip and embryonic leaves of grasses.
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