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coleoptile

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noun co·le·op·tile \-ˈäp-təl\

Definition of coleoptile

  1. :  the first leaf of a monocotyledon forming a protective sheath about the plumule



Origin and Etymology of coleoptile

New Latin coleoptilum, from Greek koleon + ptilon down; akin to Greek pteron


First Known Use: circa 1866


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