Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Overlapping at the base to form a flat, fanlike arrangement in two ranks, as the leaves of some irises.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Riding on horseback; mounted upon a horse.
  • Straddling.
  • In entomology, applied to the antennæ or other jointed organs when they are compressed, and each joint appears to be longitudinally folded, inclosing the base of the succeeding one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Mounted on, or sitting upon, a horse; riding on horseback.
  • adjective (Bot.) Overlapping each other; -- said of leaves whose bases are folded so as to overlap and bestride the leaves within or above them, as in the iris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Mounted on, or sitting upon, a horse; riding on horseback.
  • adjective botany Overlapping at the base.

Etymologies

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

[Latin equitāns, equitant-, present participle of equitāre, to ride horseback, from eques, equit-, horseman, from equus, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin equitans, equitantis, present participle of equitō ("I ride on horseback"), from eques ("horseman"), from equus ("horse").

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