[ ver-ney-shuh n ]
/ vərˈneɪ ʃən /

noun Botany.

the arrangement of the foliage leaves within the bud.

Origin of vernation

1785–95; < New Latin vernātiōn- (stem of vernātiō), equivalent to Latin vernāt(us) (past participle of vernāre to be verdant; see vernal, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vernation


/ (vɜːˈneɪʃən) /


the way in which leaves are arranged in the bud

Word Origin for vernation

C18: from New Latin vernātiō, from Latin vernāre to be springlike, from vēr spring
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Science definitions for vernation


[ vûr-nāshən ]

The arrangement of young foliage leaves within a bud. The coiled arrangement of young leaves in fern fiddleheads is known as circinate vernation and protects the delicate leaf tips as they develop.
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