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seed leaf

noun Botany.
  1. a cotyledon.
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Origin of seed leaf

First recorded in 1685–95
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Historical Examples

  • I bought what was called a seed-leaf cigar with a Connecticut wrapper.

    Mark Twain's Speeches

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Endogens, which have one seed-leaf, such as bamboos, Fig. 1.

    Wood and Forest

    William Noyes

  • This arum, for example, grows first from a small hard seed with a single lobe or seed-leaf.

  • The term monocotyledon is applied to these plants because the embryo has only one cotyledon or seed-leaf.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • One precaution is to insure a quick germination of the seed and strong growth of the plant in its seed-leaf stage.

British Dictionary definitions for seed leaf

seed leaf

  1. the nontechnical name for cotyledon
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seed leaf in Science

seed leaf

  1. See cotyledon.
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