from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the veins (of a leaf) diverging from the two sides of a midrib.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, having a series of veins branching from each side of the midrib of the leaf toward the margin; pinnately veined.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Jim was an indefatigable gatherer of vegetable products, and one thing which attracted him immensely was the branch of a tree which bore a number of star-leaved clusters, each leaf being feather-veined, and the stems carried numerous yellowish purple-spotted flowers, and also nuts about the size of pigeon eggs.
The veins of the leaves are almost always much-branched, the veins either being given off from one main vein or midrib (feather-veined or pinnate-veined), as in an apple leaf, or there may be a number of large veins radiating from the base of the leaf, as in the scarlet geranium or mallow.
It is studded with pale golden clusters of tiny florets in the axils of lance-shaped, feather-veined leaves for nearly its entire length.
The Belgian _savant_ considers this somewhat improbable explanation as supported by a case wherein there were five calyx lobes of uniform size, and a detached feather-veined leaf proceeding from the side of the ovary lower down ( 'Bull.