phyl·​lo·​tax·​is | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈtak-səs How to pronounce phyllotaxis (audio) \
variants: or less commonly phyllotaxy \ ˈfi-​lə-​ˌtak-​sē How to pronounce phyllotaxis (audio) \

Definition of phyllotaxis

1 : the arrangement of leaves on a stem and in relation to one another
2 : the study of phyllotaxis and of the laws that govern it

Examples of phyllotaxis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Botanists use the divergence angles, or angles between consecutive leaves, to define a plant’s phyllotaxis. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf Patterns," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of phyllotaxis

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phyllotaxis

New Latin phyllotaxis, from phyll- + -taxis

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The first known use of phyllotaxis was in 1845

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“Phyllotaxis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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