[pi-duhng-kuh l, pee-duhng-]
- a flower stalk, supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower.
- the stalk bearing the fruiting body in fungi.
- Zoology. a stalk or stem; a stalklike part or structure.
- a stalklike structure composed of white matter, connecting various regions of the brain.
- an attachment process, as in the brachiopods.
Origin of peduncle
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- the stalk of a plant bearing an inflorescence or solitary flower
- anatomy a stalklike structure, esp a large bundle of nerve fibres within the brain
- pathol a slender process of tissue by which a polyp or tumour is attached to the body
- biology another name for pedicel (def. 2)
C18: from New Latin pedunculus, from Latin pedīculus little foot; see pedicle
Word Origin and History for peduncular
1753, from Modern Latin pedunculus "footstalk," diminutive of pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The stalk that attaches a single flower, flower cluster, or fruit to the stem. See more at flower.
- A stalk supporting an animal organ, such as the eyestalk of a lobster.
- A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue.
- Any of several stalklike connecting structures in the brain, composed either of white matter or of white and gray matter.
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