peduncle [ pi-duhng-kuhl, pee-duhng- ]
a. a flower stalk, supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower.
b. the stalk bearing the fruiting body in fungi.
2. Zoology. a stalk or stem; a stalklike part or structure.
a. a stalklike structure composed of white matter, connecting various regions of the brain.
b. an attachment process, as in the brachiopods.
OTHER WORDS FROM PEDUNCLE
pe·dun·cled, pe·dun·cu·lar [pi-duhng-kyuh-ler], adjective
WORDS RELATED TO PEDUNCLE
branch, trunk, shoot, stock, axis, pedicle, pedicel, petiole
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Origin: 1745–55; < New Latin pedunculus, equivalent to Latin ped-, stem of pēsfoot + -unculus diminutive suffix, originally of n-stems; cf. carbuncle, homunculus
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