• synonyms


  1. petiole(def 1).
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Origin of leafstalk

First recorded in 1770–80; leaf + stalk1
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Examples from the Web for leafstalk

Historical Examples

  • The base of the leafstalk is hollow and in falling off exposes the winter bud.

    Forest Trees of Illinois

    Fuller George D.

  • Stipules small, very narrow and pointed, usually attached part way up to the leafstalk.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • In the Sycamore the bud does not show while the leaf remains on the tree, as it is in the hollow of the leafstalk.

  • The Common Locust has several buds under the leafstalk and one above it in the axil.

  • Leafstalk dark red and jointed above the base, the veins somewhat red-tinted.

British Dictionary definitions for leafstalk


  1. the stalk attaching a leaf to a stem or branchTechnical name: petiole
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leafstalk in Science


  1. The slender, elongated structure by which the leaves of most plants are attached to the stem. Also called petiole
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