phyl·​lo·​clade ˈfi-lə-ˌklād How to pronounce phylloclade (audio)
: a flattened stem or branch (such as a joint of a cactus) that functions as a leaf

Word History


New Latin phyllocladium, from phyll- + Greek klados branch — more at holt

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phylloclade was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Phylloclade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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