from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany The stalk of an inflorescence or a stalk bearing a solitary flower in a one-flowered inflorescence.
  • n. Zoology A stalklike structure in invertebrate animals, usually serving as an attachment for a larger part or structure.
  • n. Anatomy A stalklike bundle of nerve fibers connecting different parts of the brain.
  • n. Medicine The stalklike base to which a polyp or tumor is attached.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The axis of an inflorescence; the stalk supporting an inflorescence.
  • n. A short stalk at the base of a leaf or reproductive structure.
  • n. A bundle of neurons connecting different parts of the brain.
  • n. In arthropods, the base segments of an antenna.
  • n. A stem attaching a mass of tissue (such as a polyp) to the body.
  • n. A collection of nerves in the appendage of an animal (such as the tip of a dolphin's tail).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The stem or stalk that supports the flower or fruit of a plant, or a cluster of flowers or fruits.
  • n. A sort of stem by which certain shells and barnacles are attached to other objects. See Illust. of Barnacle.
  • n. A band of nervous or fibrous matter connecting different parts of the brain

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a general flower-stalk supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower: in the latter case the cluster may be regarded as reduced to a single blossom. Gray. See also cut under pedicel.
  • n. In zoöl., a little foot or foot-like part; a pedicle or pedicel.
  • n. See the adjective.
  • n. In zoöl:

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stalk bearing an inflorescence or solitary flower
  • n. the thin process of tissue that attaches a polyp to the body
  • n. a bundle of myelinated neurons joining different parts of the brain


New Latin pedunculus, diminutive of Latin pēs, ped-, foot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin pedunculus, from Latin pedis, genitive of pēs, a ‘foot’ (Wiktionary)



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