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equitant

Syllabification: eq·ui·tant
Pronunciation: /ˈekwitənt
 
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Definition of equitant in English:

adjective

Botany
(Of a leaf) having its base folded and partly enclosing the leaf next above it, as in an iris.
Example sentences
  • The leaves in the genus Iris are equitant — that is they are 2-ranked and folded in half lengthwise.
  • Most Nartheciaceae can be recognised by their isobifacial, equitant leaves.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin equitant- 'riding on horseback', from the verb equitare.

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