- Botany. the slender stalk by which a leaf is attached to the stem; leafstalk.
- Zoology. a stalk or peduncle, as that connecting the abdomen and thorax in wasps.
Origin of petiole
Examples from the Web for petiole
Metapodeon: the abdomen behind the podeon or petiole in Hymenoptera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Some, however, have no petiole, but the blade is in direct contact with the stem.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
The point of each cutting should contain a portion of the petiole.The Nursery Book
Liberty Hyde Bailey
They are usually on the petiole at the base of the leaf but are sometimes on the leaf itself.The Cherries of New York
U. P. Hedrick
Such a petiole is illustrated in fig. 79, with its V-shaped fernlike stele.Ancient Plants
Marie C. Stopes
- the stalk by which a leaf is attached to the rest of the plant
- zoology a slender stalk or stem, such as the connection between the thorax and abdomen of ants
Word Origin and History for petiole
"footstalk of a leaf," 1753, from French pétiole (18c.), from Late Latin petiolus, misspelling of peciolus "stalk, stem," literally "little foot," diminutive of pediculus "foot stalk," itself a diminutive of pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Given its modern sense by Linnaeus.
- A stem or pedicle.
- See leafstalk.