verticil

[vur-tuh-sil]
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noun Botany, Zoology.

a whorl or circle, as of leaves or hairs, arranged around a point on an axis.

Nearby words

  1. vertical transmission,
  2. vertical union,
  3. vertically,
  4. vertically challenged,
  5. vertices,
  6. verticillaster,
  7. verticillate,
  8. verticillium wilt,
  9. vertiginous,
  10. vertigo

Origin of verticil

1695–1705; < Latin verticillus spindle whorl, equivalent to vertic- (stem of vertex) vertex + -illus diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for verticil

verticil

noun

biology a circular arrangement of parts about an axis, esp leaves around a stem

Word Origin for verticil

C18: from Latin verticillus whorl (of a spindle), from vertex

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