Definition of amplexicaul in English:

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Pronunciation: /amˈpleksəˌkôl/


(Of a leaf) embracing and surrounding the stem.
Example sentences
  • Its leafy, elongated stems are 8-12 mm in diameter, initially green and covered by the amplexicaul, striated leaf bases which become dry, papery and grey with age.
  • The leaves are cuneate oblong or linear oblong and either sessile or amplexicaul.
  • In L. capitata the leaves are mostly basal while L. intybacea leaves ½ amplexicaul, auriculate, auricles rounded with long fine points.


Mid 18th century: from modern Latin amplexicaulis, from Latin amplexus 'embrace' + caulis 'stem'.

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Syllabification: am·plex·i·caul

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