One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An outgrowth from the surface of a leaf or other part of a plant.
- ‘For late spring plantings of peas, use an enation virus-resistant variety that will remain productive when weather warms.’
- ‘The erect portion of the stem bears paired enations, outgrowths which look like miniature leaves, but unlike true leaves, the enations have no vascular tissue.’
- ‘Branches are covered in fine enations or hairs.’
- ‘The current hypothesis for the origin of microphylls is called the enation theory, based on the idea that microphylls evolved through the vascularization of enations on the plant.’
- ‘They probably developed leaves both by enations and by planation of a branching system.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin enatio(n-), from enasci ‘issue forth’.
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