Definition of equitant in English:

equitant

adjective

Botany
  • (of a leaf) having its base folded and partly enclosing the leaf next above it, as in an iris.

    • ‘The leaves in the genus Iris are equitant — that is they are 2-ranked and folded in half lengthwise.’
    • ‘Most Nartheciaceae can be recognised by their isobifacial, equitant leaves.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin equitant- riding on horseback from the verb equitare.

Pronunciation:

equitant

/ˈekwədənt/