One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: an additional layer of the wall of a pollen grain which is found between the intine and exine and lies next to or resembles the intine (now rare). In later use also: the outermost layer of the intine of the pollen grain of certain plants.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From German Exintine from Ex- + Intine.
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