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leaf scar

noun Botany.
  1. the mark left on a stem or twig after a leaf falls.
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Historical Examples

  • In some varieties the leaf-scar is conspicuous; in others, it is inconspicuous.

    The Pears of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • A lateral bud is one situated on the side of a twig in the axil of a leaf-scar.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • The leaves are trimmed off, from season to season, leaving the bare stalk, showing the leaf-scar.

  • The scales, being stipules, leave a line on each side of the leaf-scar, and these are separated by the growth of the internodes.

  • The flower-clusters do not seem to leave any mark which is distinguishable from the leaf-scar.

leaf scar in Science

leaf scar

  1. The mark left on a stem after a leaf falls. Leaf scars can be used to identify tree species in winter or from specimens of their twigs.
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