[ ped-uh-suhl, -sel ]
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  1. Botany.

    • a small stalk.

    • an ultimate division of a common peduncle.

    • one of the subordinate stalks in a branched inflorescence, bearing a single flower.

  2. Zoology. a pedicle or peduncle.

Origin of pedicel

1670–80; <New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus a little foot. See pedicle

Other words from pedicel

  • ped·i·cel·lar [ped-uh-sel-er], /ˌpɛd əˈsɛl ər/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pedicel


/ (ˈpɛdɪˌsɛl) /

  1. the stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence

  2. Also called: peduncle biology any short stalk bearing an organ or organism

  1. the second segment of an insect's antenna

Origin of pedicel

C17: from New Latin pedicellus, from Latin pedīculus, from pēs foot

Derived forms of pedicel

  • pedicellate (pɪˈdɪsɪˌleɪt), adjective

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Scientific definitions for pedicel


[ pĕdĭ-səl ]

  1. A small stalk supporting a single flower in an inflorescence.

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