Definition of amplexicaul in English:


Syllabification: am·plex·i·caul
Pronunciation: /amˈpleksiˌkôl


  • (Of a leaf) embracing and surrounding the stem.
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    • 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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