pe·dun·cle | \ ˈpē-ˌdəŋ-kəl , pi-ˈdəŋ- \

Definition of peduncle 

1 : a stalk bearing a flower or flower cluster or a fructification

2 : a narrow part by which some larger part or the whole body of an organism is attached : stalk, pedicel

3 : a narrow stalk by which a tumor or polyp is attached

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Other words from peduncle

peduncled \ˈpē-ˌdəŋ-kəld. pi-ˈdəŋ- \ adjective
peduncular \pi-ˈdəŋ-kyə-lər \ adjective

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Park Service horticulturalists monitor a specific group of Yoshino cherry trees to track them through the six stages to peak bloom: green buds, florets visible, extension of florets, peduncle elongation, puffy white and peak bloom. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "The cherry blossoms are speeding toward peak bloom, expected April 5-8," 3 Apr. 2018 Fruits are buried in the soil by the downward bending of the flowering stems (peduncles) after flowering. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Versatile evergreen Falkia repens covers a lot of ground," 26 Jan. 2018 The subterranean stems also occasionally send up flower stems (peduncles). Kenneth Setzer,, "Fairchild's Tropical Garden Column: What’s that weed? Meet marsh pennywort," 4 Aug. 2017 The subterranean stems also occasionally send up flower stems (aka peduncles). Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Weed’s tale: the beguiling marsh pennywort," 6 July 2017 Signs of florets and peduncle elongation are already being seen and usually occur about 10 days before peak bloom is reached, according to local radio station 97.1 WASH-FM. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "Washington, DC's Cherry Blossom Trees are Blooming Weeks Earlier Than Usual," 27 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of peduncle

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peduncle

New Latin pedunculus, diminutive of Latin ped-, pes

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pe·dun·cle | \ ˈpē-ˌdəŋ-kəl , pi-ˈ \

Medical Definition of peduncle 

1 : a band of white matter joining different parts of the brain — see cerebellar peduncle, cerebral peduncle

2 : a narrow stalk by which a tumor or polyp is attached

Other words from peduncle

peduncular \pi-ˈdəŋ-kyə-lər \ adjective

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