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Related to axil: axial
angle between a branch and stem
Not to be confused with:
axle – supporting shaft on which a wheel revolves
The upper angle between a lateral organ, such as a leaf, and the stem that bears it.
[Latin axilla, armpit.]
(Botany) the angle between the upper surface of a branch or leafstalk and the stem from which it grows
[C18: from Latin axilla armpit]
the angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the supporting stem or branch.
[1785–95; < Latin axilla armpit]
The angle between the upper side of a leaf or stem and the stem or branch that supports it. A bud is usually found in the axil.