American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The upper angle between a lateral organ, such as a leafstalk, and the stem that bears it.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The armpit, or axilla (which see).
- n. In botany, the angle formed between the upper side of a leaf and the stem or branch to which it is attached; in cryptogams, the angle formed by the branching of a frond.
- n. botany The angle or point of divergence between the upper side of a branch, leaf, or petiole, and the stem or branch from which it springs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The angle or point of divergence between the upper side of a branch, leaf, or petiole, and the stem or branch from which it springs.
- n. the upper angle between an axis and an offshoot such as a branch or leafstalk
- Latin axilla. (Wiktionary)
- Latin axilla, armpit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the first place, a slit is made on each side and above and below a leaf which has a healthy bud in its axil, that is, just between the foot-stalk of the leaf and the branch on which it grows.”
“Some lilies produce bulbils that grow along the stems at the leaf axil.”
“We've been down this road so many damn times the wagon wheel tracks are so deep the axil is dragging the ground.”
“Dad parking the orange van in the car park which was a bumpy lumpy field with me stating we'd probably get stuck I shall say no more about this other than when it came time to leave - guess who had to sit over the rear axil?”
“There is still lots of white showing at the leaf blade axil where the flower stalk emerges, at first quite pale then darkening as it lengthens.”
“McCain practices his evil eye for his first meeting with an axil of evil.”
“When TA breaks an axil on his SUV from a pothole, he'll be the first to complain.”
“When the tads hatch, they are transported to a water-filled bromeliad axil.”
“They will settle out of court for X shares each in Facebook. reply axil”
“Bract A small leaf-like organ or modified leaf, especially one with a flower or inflorescence growing from its axil.”
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