len·​ti·​cel ˈlen-tə-ˌsel How to pronounce lenticel (audio)
: a loose aggregation of cells which penetrates the surface (as of a stem) of a woody plant and through which gases are exchanged between the atmosphere and the underlying tissues

Examples of lenticel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decades later, the fruit of their labors is ready for picking: apple variety WA38, better known as the Cosmic Crisp, thanks to a starry pattern on its skin formed by small pores called lenticels. Mahita Gajanan, Time, 19 Sep. 2019

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Word History


New Latin lenticella, diminutive of Latin lent-, lens lentil

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lenticel was circa 1864

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“Lenticel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenticel. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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len·​ti·​cel ˈlent-ə-ˌsel How to pronounce lenticel (audio)
: a pore in a stem of a woody plant through which gases are exchanged between the atmosphere and the stem tissues

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