Alteration by association with -ary of the French axillaire (“of the axilla”), itself an alteration of the earlier forms aisselliere and aissellaire, both from the assumed Latin etymon *axillāris, from axilla (“armpit”), diminutive form of the assumed *axula.
axillary (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve.
- (botany) Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil.
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