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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany A leaf of the embryo of a seed plant, which upon germination either remains in the seed or emerges, enlarges, and becomes green. Also called seed leaf.
  • n. Anatomy One of the lobules constituting the uterine side of the mammalian placenta, consisting mainly of a rounded mass of villi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The leaf of the embryo of a seed-bearing plant; after germination it becomes the first leaves of the seedling.


Latin cotylēdōn, navelwort, from Greek kotulēdōn, from kotulē, hollow object.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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