len·​ti·​cel | \ ˈlen-tə-ˌsel How to pronounce lenticel (audio) \

Definition of lenticel

: 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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First Known Use of lenticel

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lenticel

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

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“Lenticel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenticel. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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