American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. Any short and small foot-stalk, although it does not stand upon another footstalk, is likewise called a pedicel. See cuts under
Cordycepsand Diatomaceæ. Also pediculus.
- n. In zoology and anatomy, a little foot or foot-like part; a footlet; a footstalk, pedicle, or peduncle. In zoöphytes, the stalk or stem.
- n. botany A stalk of individual flower; a stalk bearing a single flower or spore-producing body within a cluster.
- n. anatomy A stalk-shaped body part; an anatomical part that resembles a stem or stalk.
- n. zoology A narrow stalk-like body part in insects and other arthropods, used in various specific senses.
- n. mycology a slender stalk
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A stalk which supports one flower or fruit, whether solitary or one of many ultimate divisions of a common peduncle. See peduncle, and
- 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. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle
- From post-classical Latin pedicellus, from Latin pediculus. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“a common short branchlet, loosely imbricate, distichous and shortly stipitate and the stipe with a purple thickening; pedicel is short, 1/24 to 1/12 inch with sometimes long deciduous hairs and the tip somewhat thickened.”
“The small brown "eye," called the pedicel, at the base of each kernel can be removed with the thumbnail or small scissors.”
“_pedicelled spikelet_ is as long as the sessile, inarticulate on the very thick, short pedicel which is densely or sparsely hairy at the base.”
“It is a question of a little more green here, a slightly sharper indent there, a hint of variegation on a leaf or pedicel.”
“Var. angustifolia; leaves linear; calyx and pedicel glabrous; corolla outside glabrous or scantily hairy.”
““Gulgong” (EUCALYPTUS ROBUSTA), the pedicel of which is twirled between the thumb and second finger.”
“As the traveler rotated, this extended pedicel began to swing in great arcs, even though there was no wind.”
“Including a little of the stem, or pedicel, directly above the fruit when harvesting it helps reduce spoiling (Figure 15.2).”
“The flowers are small (though larger than those of many cultivated yams), about 3 mm long, closely appressed to the pedicel in long axillary or terminal racemes.”
“Flagellum: that part of the antenna beyond the pedicel: a whip or whip-like process: the tail-like process of a spermatozoön.”
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