Intercalary Definition

ĭn-tûrkə-lĕrē, ĭntər-kălə-rē
Inserted in the calendar to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year. Used of a day or month.
American Heritage
Added to the calendar.
Webster's New World
Having such a day, month, etc. added.
Webster's New World
Interpolated or inserted.
Webster's New World

(botany) Of a meristem: situated between zones of permanent tissue, thus a shoot growing at the base of a leaf, in comparison with apical growth at the tip of a root or plant.


Origin of Intercalary

  • From Latin intercalārius, from intercalāris, from intercalō, from inter (“among”) + calō (“call out, proclaim”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin intercalārius, intercalāris from intercalāre to intercalate intercalate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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