pet·​i·​ole | \ ˈpe-tē-ˌōl How to pronounce petiole (audio) \

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

Other Words from petiole

petioled \ ˈpe-​tē-​ˌōld How to pronounce petiole (audio) \ adjective

Examples of petiole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An oak has a simple leaf with a small stem or petiole that attaches the leaf to the branch; but hickory has a compound leaf. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 The leaflets of the frond are attached on a petiole or stem. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Cut an adult leaf off a healthy plant, leaving about 2 inches of petiole (a.k.a. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 Poke a hole in fresh potting soil, about as deep as the petiole is long. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 Remove fruit with decisive cuts rather than yanking them off the petioles. oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2019 The leaves are on long, arching stems and are deeply serrated, with leaf petioles having a hot pink hue. Norman Winter, sacbee, 6 July 2018 The huge leaves physically stand out from the trunk with petioles, i.e. leaf stems, up to two feet long! Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, 6 Apr. 2018 Fine, silk webbing may be seen on the leaf underside or between the leaf petiole and stem, but this is usually blown away on outdoor trees and shrubs., 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of petiole

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of petiole was in 1753

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“Petiole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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pet·​i·​ole | \ ˈpe-tē-ˌōl How to pronounce petiole (audio) \

Kids Definition of petiole

: the slender stem of a leaf

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