petiole


pet·i·ole

noun \ˈpe-tē-ˌōl\

Definition of PETIOLE

1
:  a slender stem that supports the blade of a foliage leaf
2
:  peduncle; specifically :  a slender abdominal segment joining the rest of the abdomen to the thorax in some insects
pet·i·oled \-ˌōld\ adjective

Origin of PETIOLE

New Latin petiolus, from Latin petiolus, peciolus small foot, fruit stalk, probably alteration of Latin *pediciolus, diminutive of pediculus, diminutive of ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: 1753

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