One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The flowers, both male and female, are grouped in aments that appear before the leaves.’
- ‘The female aments of green alder are covered by exterior bud scales, unlike speckled alder in which the aments are lacking the outer scales (naked buds).’
- ‘We made no observation for pistillate aments, because they were too small and thin to observe’
- ‘Some plants produce both male and female aments; others produce male aments on one plant and female on another.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin amentum ‘thong’.
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