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equitant (EK-wi-tuhnt) adjective

Straddling; overlapping, as the leaves of some plants, such as irises.

[From Latin equitant-, stem of equitans, present participle of equitare (to ride), from equit-, stem of eques (horseman), from equus (horse).]

A picture of equitant leaves.

"You can shower an equitant orchid daily or even twice daily, but never leave its roots standing in water."
Elvin McDonald; Carnation Crisis: The Flowers Have Wilted, But Hope Lives; Chicago Tribune; Jun 4, 1989.

This week's theme: words of horse-related origins.


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