[ ek-wi-tuh nt ]
/ ˈɛk wɪ tənt /

adjective Botany.

straddling or overlapping, as leaves whose bases overlap the leaves above or within them.

Origin of equitant

1820–30; < Latin equitant- (stem of equitāns) (present participle of equitāre to ride), equivalent to equit- (stem of eques; see equites) + -ant- -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for equitant

/ (ˈɛkwɪtənt) /


(of a leaf) having the base folded around the stem so that it overlaps the leaf above and opposite

Word Origin for equitant

C19: from Latin equitāns riding, from equitāre to ride, from equus horse
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