petiole

[ pet-ee-ohl ]
/ ˈpɛt iˌoʊl /

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.

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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
/ (ˈpɛtɪˌəʊl) /

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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Medical definitions for petiole

petiole
[ pĕtē-ōl′ ]

n.

A stem or pedicle.
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Scientific definitions for petiole

petiole
[ pĕtē-ōl′ ]

See leafstalk.
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