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

  • n. The arrangement of the young leaves within a bud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The appearance of new leaves.
  • n. The arrangement of multiple organs (such as leaves and flower parts) within a bud.
  • n. Arrangement of only leaves within the bud; prefoliation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The arrangement of the leaves within the leaf bud, as regards their folding, coiling, rolling, etc.; prefoliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the disposition of the nascent leaves within the bud, not with reference to their insertion, but with regard to their folding, coiling, etc., taken singly or together.

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

  • n. (botany) the arrangement of young leaves in a leaf bud before it opens


New Latin vērnātiō, vērnātiōn-, from Latin vērnātus, past participle of vērnāre, to flourish, from vērnus, vernal; see vernal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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