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

  • n. Botany An outgrowth on the surface of an organ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small outgrowth on the surface of a plant organ.
  • n. The generation of such an outgrowth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any unusual outgrowth from the surface of a thing, as of a petal; also, the capacity or act of producing such an outgrowth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the production of outgrowths or appendages upon the surface of an organ.
  • n. In ethnology, maternal relationship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. line of descent traced through the maternal side of the family
  • n. a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ


From Latin enatus (ēnātus) (from ēnāscor ("spring forth")) + English +‎ -ion. (Wiktionary)



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