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[foo t-stawk] /ˈfʊtˌstɔk/
noun, Botany, Zoology.
a pedicel; peduncle.
Origin of footstalk
First recorded in 1555-65; foot + stalk1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is very full towards the footstalk, which is small; it keeps till June.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • When an areolet is connected with another by a stem like a footstalk.

  • When it has no footstalk, but is closely united to the trunk.

  • The mother insect began by kneading woody fibre into a paste, and making the footstalk of the future nest.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • One end of this footstalk is attached very strongly to the branch, and to the other end is fastened the first cell.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • These they strung upon a thread, taking care to pass the thread through that end nearest the footstalk.

  • The leaves are alternate, with an entire margin, without any footstalk, and sheathing the stem at the base.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • Another species of this family (Polistes gallica, Fig. 348) fixes its little nest by a footstalk to the stem of some plant.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The eyes, the facettes of which are few in number, are placed on a footstalk, whence the name of the genus Stylops.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • It is the mark left by the severance of a footstalk, which united the fruit to the parent plant.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for footstalk


a small supporting stalk in animals and plants; a pedicel, peduncle, or pedicle
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