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
a leaf very near its base; peduncle is short; branches of the panicle, filiform, angular, flexuous, bearing one or more spikelets and produced as a bristle beyond the last spikelet.
Some of its axons pass backward to the abducent nucleus, this bundle is known as the peduncle of the superior olivary nucleus.
The widely-cleft, shell-less test is supported upon a thick peduncle, which is immersed in the skin of the
The peduncle is the fulcre of the fructifica - tion, or a partial ftem fupporting that only.
The fruits of _Tetragonia expansa_ frequently have attached to their side a secondary flower or fruit in such a position as to lead to the inference that it springs from the upper portion of the peduncle which is dilated to invest the true carpels.
The _leaf-sheath_ is smooth, glabrous, slightly compressed, sparsely bearded at the mouth, shorter than the internode, except the one enclosing the peduncle which is usually long.
Racemes two, both sessile, or one sessile and the other pedicelled on a peduncle which is more or less sheathed by a proper spathe, divaricate or deflexed.
The _inflorescence_ consists of digitately arranged spikes 1-1/2 to 4 inches long on a peduncle which is sometimes 15 inches long.
Their torpedo-shaped streamlined bodies, thin caudal peduncle, and stiff distinctively-shaped tails allow them to swim rapidly.
A male swimmer has just whipped the whole muscular, tapering rear of its body — the peduncle, which powers the fluke — high in the air.