am·​plex·​i·​caul | \ amˈpleksəˌkȯl \

Definition of amplexicaul

of a leaf
: sessile with the base or with stipules surrounding the stem from which it arises — compare perfoliate

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First Known Use of amplexicaul

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amplexicaul

New Latin amplexicaulis, from Latin amplexus (past participle of amplecti to entwine, embrace) + -i- + caulis stem, cabbage

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“Amplexicaul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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