- Botany. attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem.
- Zoology. permanently attached; not freely moving.
Origin of sessile
Examples from the Web for subsessile
Historical Examples of subsessile
Differs from P. mitis in being shining white and subsessile.European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae
- (of flowers or leaves) having no stalk; growing directly from the stem
- (of animals such as the barnacle) permanently attached to a substratum
Word Origin for sessile
1725, "adhering close to the surface," from Latin sessilis "pertaining to sitting, for sitting on," from sessum, past participle of sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). In botany from 1753. Meaning "sedentary" first recorded 1860.
- Permanently attached or fixed; not free-moving.
- Permanently attached or fixed and not free-moving, as corals and mussels.
- Stalkless and attached directly at the base, as certain kinds of leaves and fruit.