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opposite - an arrangement of leaves (or buds) on a stem (or twig) in which the leaves emerge from the stem in opposing pairs

compare with alternate

opposite leaf arrangement on a Ligustrum vulgare (European privet) twig  hires

oppositely arranged leaf petioles on a Fraxinus americana (white ash) twig  hires

opposite buds on an Acer saccharum (sugar maple) twig  hires

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