EQ'UITANT, a. [L. equitans, equito, to ride, from eques, a horseman, or equus, a horse.]
In botany, riding, as equitant leaves: a term of leafing or foliation, when two opposite leaves converge so with their edges, that one incloses the other; or when the inner leaves are inclosed by the outer ones.
EQ'UI-TANT, a. [L. equitans, equito, to ride, from eques, a horseman, or equus, a horse.]
In botany, such a situation of unexpanded leaves in a leaf bud, that they overlap each other entirely, and in a parallel manner, without any involution.
on, or sitting upon, a horse; riding on horseback.
- Overlapping each other; --
said of leaves whose bases are folded so as to overlap and bestride
the leaves within or above them, as in the iris.