equitant

equitant

[ek-wi-tuhnt]
adjective Botany.
straddling or overlapping, as leaves whose bases overlap the leaves above or within them.

Origin:
1820–30; < Latin equitant- (stem of equitāns) (present participle of equitāre to ride), equivalent to equit- (stem of eques; see equites) + -ant- -ant

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equitant (ˈɛkwɪtənt)
 
adj
(of a leaf) having the base folded around the stem so that it overlaps the leaf above and opposite
 
[C19: from Latin equitāns riding, from equitāre to ride, from equus horse]

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