sessile

adjective
ses·​sile | \ˈse-ˌsī(-ə)l, -səl\

Definition of sessile 

1 : attached directly by the base : not raised upon a stalk or peduncle a sessile leaf sessile bubbles

2 : permanently attached or established : not free to move about sessile sponges and coral polyps

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Well, the sessile oak sapling—from Belleau, the French site of a World War I battle—is no longer on the White House lawn. David Meyer, Fortune, "Why the Tree Emmanuel Macron Gifted to Trump Disappeared From the White House Lawn," 30 Apr. 2018 Another factor, Monterro-Serra notes, is that these sessile species are clonal. National Geographic, "Why This Animal Can Live for Over 500 Years," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sessile

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sessile

Latin sessilis of or fit for sitting, low, dwarf (of plants), from sessus, past participle of sedēre

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sessile

adjective
ses·​sile | \ˈses-īl, -əl \

Medical Definition of sessile 

1 : attached directly by a broad base : not pedunculated a sessile tumor

2 : firmly attached (as to a cell) : not free to move about sessile antibodies

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