vernation

noun

ver·​na·​tion (ˌ)vər-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce vernation (audio)
: the arrangement of foliage leaves within the bud compare estivation

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin vernātiōn-, vernātiō, from Latin vernāre "to carry on as in spring, be springlike" (verbal derivative of vernus "of spring") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of deverbal nouns — more at vernal

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vernation was in 1793

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“Vernation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vernation. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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