coleoptile

noun
co·​le·​op·​tile | \ ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tᵊl How to pronounce coleoptile (audio) \

Definition of coleoptile

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

First Known Use of coleoptile

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coleoptile

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

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The first known use of coleoptile was circa 1866

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“Coleoptile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coleoptile. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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