gut·​ta·​tion | \ ˌgə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce guttation (audio) \

Definition of guttation

: the exudation of liquid water from the uninjured surface of a plant leaf

Examples of guttation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tooth fungus excretes red liquid much like sap in a process called guttation, when the fungus absorbs extra water from wet soil. National Geographic, "Watch: The Devil's Fingers Fungus Will Haunt Your Dreams," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of guttation

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guttation

Latin gutta drop

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The first known use of guttation was circa 1889

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“Guttation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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