pedicel

noun
ped·​i·​cel | \ ˈpe-də-ˌsel How to pronounce pedicel (audio) \

Definition of pedicel

: a slender basal part of an organism or one of its parts: such as
a : a plant stalk that supports a fruiting or spore-bearing organ
b : a narrow basal attachment (as of the abdomen of an ant) of an animal organ or part

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Other Words from pedicel

pedicellate \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈse-​lət How to pronounce pedicellate (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pedicel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edwards said the extra antler on Lindberg’s deer could be attributed to damage to the pedicels, the bony structures that support and develop antlers on animals. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "How can cute things be so destructive?," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pedicel

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedicel

New Latin pedicellus, diminutive of Latin pediculus

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The first known use of pedicel was in 1682

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Cite this Entry

“Pedicel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedicel. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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