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equitant

[ek-wi-tuh nt] /ˈɛk wɪ tənt/
adjective, Botany
1.
straddling or overlapping, as leaves whose bases overlap the leaves above or within them.
Origin
1820-1830
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/
adjective
1.
(of a leaf) having the base folded around the stem so that it overlaps the leaf above and opposite
Word Origin
C19: from Latin equitāns riding, from equitāre to ride, from equus horse
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