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)