Definition of enation in English:



  • An outgrowth from the surface of a leaf or other part of a plant.

    as modifier ‘pea enation virus’
    • ‘The erect portion of the stem bears paired enations, outgrowths which look like miniature leaves, but unlike true leaves, the enations have no vascular tissue.’
    • ‘The current hypothesis for the origin of microphylls is called the enation theory, based on the idea that microphylls evolved through the vascularization of enations on the plant.’
    • ‘They probably developed leaves both by enations and by planation of a branching system.’
    • ‘For late spring plantings of peas, use an enation virus-resistant variety that will remain productive when weather warms.’
    • ‘Branches are covered in fine enations or hairs.’


Mid 19th century from Latin enatio(n-), from enasci ‘issue forth’.