follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

axil

[ak-sil] /ˈæk sɪl/
noun, Botany
1.
the angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the supporting stem or branch.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin axilla armpit
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for axil
  • Each scale leaf has a bud in its axil capable of producing a new shoot.
  • Hydrilla also produces a turions which are compact dormant buds in the leaf axil.
  • The peduncles or stalks supporting the inflorescences are located in the leaf axil.
British Dictionary definitions for axil

axil

/ˈæksɪl/
noun
1.
the angle between the upper surface of a branch or leafstalk and the stem from which it grows
Word Origin
C18: from Latin axilla armpit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
axil in Science
axil
  (āk'sĭl)   
The angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the stem or branch that supports it. A bud is usually found in the axil.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for axil

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for axil

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends