ve·​na·​tion | \ ve-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce venation (audio) , vē-\

Definition of venation

: an arrangement or system of veins (as in the tissue of a leaf or the wing of an insect)

Illustration of venation

Illustration of venation

venation: 1 parallel-veined, 2 net-veined, 3 dichotomously veined

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The bloom is golden with a tracery of magenta venation. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Moth orchid’s ascent overshadows alluring varieties | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 Sarracenia flava, the yellow pitcher, has chartreuse flowers and pitchers, though often with marked venation and natural variation. The Washington Post,, "These stunning plants all have one thing in common: A taste for blood," 3 July 2017 Damage from hungry insects, cold weather or parasites can interrupt leaves’ normal venation patterns. Laura Sanders, WIRED, "Leaves Show Looped Networks May Be Better Than Branched," 4 Feb. 2010 Sarracenia leucophylla, the white-top pitcher, is another southern pitcher and perhaps the showiest, with the white upper areas of the tubes contrasting strikingly with darker venation. The Washington Post,, "These stunning plants all have one thing in common: A taste for blood," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of venation

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for venation

Latin vēna vein entry 1 + -ation

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The first known use of venation was in 1646

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