[ foot-stawk ]

nounBotany, Zoology.
  1. a pedicel; peduncle.

Origin of footstalk

First recorded in 1555–65; foot + stalk1

Words Nearby footstalk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use footstalk in a sentence

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

  • 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
  • The abdomen is small, sharply pointed, and placed on a long footstalk.

    Insect Architecture | James Rennie
  • The head is large, and squared, and the abdomen is attached to the thorax by a large footstalk.

    Insect Architecture | James Rennie

British Dictionary definitions for footstalk


/ (ˈfʊtˌstɔːk) /

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

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