circumnutation

noun
cir·​cum·​nutation
plural -s

Definition of circumnutation

: a movement of the growing portions of a plant to form spirals, irregular curves, or ellipses — compare nutation

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History and Etymology for circumnutation

circum- + nutation (influenced by German rotierende nutation, literally, revolving nutation)

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“Circumnutation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumnutation. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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