petiole

[pet-ee-ohl]
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noun
  1. Botany. the slender stalk by which a leaf is attached to the stem; leafstalk.
  2. Zoology. a stalk or peduncle, as that connecting the abdomen and thorax in wasps.

Origin of petiole

1745–55; < New Latin petiolus leafstalk, special use of Latin petiolus, scribal variant of peciolus, probably for *pediciolus, diminutive of pediculus pedicle
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petiole

noun
  1. the stalk by which a leaf is attached to the rest of the plant
  2. zoology a slender stalk or stem, such as the connection between the thorax and abdomen of ants

Word Origin for petiole

C18: via French from Latin petiolus little foot, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for petiole
n.

"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.

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petiole in Medicine

petiole

[pĕtē-ōl′]
n.
  1. A stem or pedicle.
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petiole in Science

petiole

[pĕtē-ōl′]
  1. See leafstalk.
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