One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The arrangement of veins in a leaf or in an insect's wing.
- ‘Reticulate leaf venation may also provide physiological advantages in forest understories.’
- ‘Leaves have parallel venation, with veins converging at the tip of the leaf.’
- ‘Most Paleozoic insects are known only by their wing venation since wings are the least degradable parts of insects.’
- ‘The medium green colored leaves are long and linear with parallel venation.’
- ‘They produced several types of foliage all characterized by pinnate leaves with open dichotomous venation.’
- 1.1 The system of venous blood vessels in an animal.
Mid 17th century: from Latin vena ‘vein’ + -ation.
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