noun Botany.
the angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the supporting stem or branch.

1785–95; < Latin axilla armpit Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
axil (ˈæksɪl)
the angle between the upper surface of a branch or leafstalk and the stem from which it grows
[C18: from Latin axilla armpit]

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axil   (āk'sĭl)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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Example sentences
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.
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