axil

noun

ax·​il ˈak-səl How to pronounce axil (audio)
-ˌsil
: the angle between a branch or leaf and the axis from which it arises

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin axilla, going back to Latin, diminutive of āla "armpit, upper arm, wing, axil" — more at axilla

First Known Use

circa 1761, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of axil was circa 1761

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Cite this Entry

“Axil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/axil. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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