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The upper angle between a leaf stalk or branch and the stem or trunk from which it is growing.
- ‘The flat, star-shaped flowers are 1-cm across, range in color from maroon in the sun to pale beige in the shade, and are displayed in loose cymes in the leaf axils.’
- ‘There are two or three flowers in the axils of the upper leaves.’
- ‘In the leaf axils of most dicotyledonous trees well-developed buds are present.’
- ‘Hermaphroditic flowers develop from leaf axils and have eight stamens (with pollen connected by viscin threads), and a cross-shaped stigma.’
- ‘Panicles develop in the axils of leaves on the previous year's growth.’
Late 18th century: from Latin axilla armpit (see axilla).
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