petiole

[pet-ee-ohl]

noun

Botany. the slender stalk by which a leaf is attached to the stem; leafstalk.
Zoology. a stalk or peduncle, as that connecting the abdomen and thorax in wasps.

Nearby words

  1. peterson,
  2. peterson, roger tory,
  3. pethidine,
  4. petiolar,
  5. petiolate,
  6. petiolule,
  7. petipa,
  8. petipa, marius,
  9. petit,
  10. petit beurre

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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British Dictionary definitions for petiole

petiole

noun

the stalk by which a leaf is attached to the rest of the plant
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

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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Medicine definitions for petiole

petiole

[pĕtē-ōl′]

n.

A stem or pedicle.

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Science definitions for petiole

petiole

[pĕtē-ōl′]

See leafstalk.
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