One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having one or more structures shaped like an ear or earlobe.
- ‘The leaves are distinctive among our cardamines in having auriculate leaf bases.’
- ‘Under favorable conditions each rosette produces one flowering stem up to 3 meters in height, with numerous auriculate clasping leaves.’
- ‘The Famatina specimens are assigned herein to a new species on the basis of their transverse outline and long, auriculate cardinal extremities.’
Early 18th century: from Latin auricula ‘external part of the ear’ (diminutive of auris ‘ear’) + -ate.
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