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[ver-ney-shuh n] /vərˈneɪ ʃən/
noun, Botany.
the arrangement of the foliage leaves within the bud.
Origin of vernation
1785-95; < New Latin vernātiōn- (stem of vernātiō), equivalent to Latin vernāt(us) (past participle of vernāre to be verdant; see vernal, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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the way in which leaves are arranged in the bud
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin vernātiō, from Latin vernāre to be springlike, from vēr spring
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vernation in Science
The arrangement of young foliage leaves within a bud. The coiled arrangement of young leaves in fern fiddleheads is known as circinate vernation and protects the delicate leaf tips as they develop.
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