from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany A small stalk or stalklike part bearing a single flower in an inflorescence.
- n. Botany A support for a fern sporangium or moss capsule.
- n. See pedicle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stalk of individual flower; a stalk bearing a single flower or spore-producing body within a cluster.
- n. A stalk-shaped body part; an anatomical part that resembles a stem or stalk.
- n. A narrow stalk-like body part in insects and other arthropods, used in various specific senses.
- n. a slender stalk
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stalk which supports one flower or fruit, whether solitary or one of many ultimate divisions of a common peduncle. See peduncle, and Illust. of flower.
- n. A slender support of any special organ, as that of a capsule in mosses, an air vesicle in algæ, or a sporangium in ferns.
- n. A slender stem by which certain of the lower animals or their eggs are attached. See Illust. of Aphis lion.
- n. The ventral part of each side of the neural arch connecting with the centrum of a vertebra.
- n. An outgrowth of the frontal bones, which supports the antlers or horns in deer and allied animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the ultimate division of a common peduncle; the stalk that supports one flower only when there are several on a peduncle.
- n. In zoology and anatomy, a little foot or foot-like part; a footlet; a footstalk, pedicle, or peduncle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle
New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus, diminutive of pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From post-classical Latin pedicellus, from Latin pediculus. (Wiktionary)