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petiole

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noun pet·i·ole \ˈpe-tē-ˌōl\

Definition of petiole

  1. 1 :  a slender stem that supports the blade of a foliage leaf

  2. 2 :  peduncle; specifically :  a slender abdominal segment joining the rest of the abdomen to the thorax in some insects

pet·i·oled play \-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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