One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of leaves) lanceolate with the more pointed end at the base.
- ‘The leaves of ssp. beneolens are greenish, mostly linear to very-narrowly oblanceolate, and have a tendency to be ascending.’
- ‘The upper regions of the stem have a characteristic square-shaped cross-section with long internodes separating whorls of elliptical to oblanceolate leaves.’
- ‘The leaves which are oblanceolate in shape are 3 - 4 inches in length.’
- ‘The leaf laminae of Q. serrata were lanceolate to oblanceolate, 5-15 cm long and 1-3 cm wide.’
Mid 19th century: from ob- + lanceolate.
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