One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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.’
Late 18th century: from Latin equitant- ‘riding on horseback’, from the verb equitare.
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