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equitant Line breaks: equit|ant
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkwɪt(ə)nt/

Definition of equitant in English:


(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.


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

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