One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a leaf) embracing and surrounding the stem.
- ‘In L. capitata the leaves are mostly basal while L. intybacea leaves ½ amplexicaul, auriculate, auricles rounded with long fine points.’
- ‘The leaves are cuneate oblong or linear oblong and either sessile or amplexicaul.’
- ‘Its leafy, elongated stems are 8-12 mm in diameter, initially green and covered by the amplexicaul, striated leaf bases which become dry, papery and grey with age.’
- ‘By contrast, C. nipponica has 2-or 3-leaved stems, - or 5-or 7-foliolate basal leaves, cauline leaves with auriculate to amplexicaul petiolar bases, spatulate petals 5-6 mm, and apically margined seeds.’
Mid 18th century: from modern Latin amplexicaulis, from Latin amplexus ‘embrace’ + caulis ‘stem’.
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