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

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Other Words from petiole

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

Examples of petiole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut an adult leaf off a healthy plant, leaving about 2 inches of petiole (a.k.a. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Five Easy Tricks to Extend Your Plant Collection for Free," 13 Jan. 2020 Poke a hole in fresh potting soil, about as deep as the petiole is long. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Five Easy Tricks to Extend Your Plant Collection for Free," 13 Jan. 2020 Remove fruit with decisive cuts rather than yanking them off the petioles. oregonlive, "What can I do to increase pear crop?: Ask an expert," 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, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 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, "This tree has huge leaves and clusters of coral flowers and likes Miami’s weather | Miami Herald," 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., "What to do when cuckoopint invades your garden: Ask an expert," 1 Feb. 2018 At the end of summer, an area of cells gradually builds up at the base of each leaf’s petiole, or stem, to weaken the connection to the tree. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Leave It to the Heat to Dull Autumn’s Glory," 13 Oct. 2017 Yuan Shan’. This gorgeous species features long, purple petioles (leaf stems) topped with multiple leaflets, and has showy purple fruit during the winter months. Ciscoe Morris, The Seattle Times, "Ciscoe Morris: Go bananas with these big, bold, tropical plants," 9 Aug. 2017

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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: the slender stem of a leaf

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