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[ak-sil] /ˈæk sɪl/
noun, Botany
the angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the supporting stem or branch.
Origin of axil
1785-95; < Latin axilla armpit Unabridged
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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


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
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axil in Science
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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