Definition of axil in English:

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axil

Pronunciation: /ˈaksəl/

noun

Botany
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The upper angle between a leaf stalk or branch and the stem or trunk from which it is growing.
Example sentences
  • There are two or three flowers in the axils of the upper leaves.
  • Hermaphroditic flowers develop from leaf axils and have eight stamens (with pollen connected by viscin threads), and a cross-shaped stigma.
  • In the leaf axils of most dicotyledonous trees well-developed buds are present.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin axilla 'armpit' (see axilla).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ax·il

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