One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small stalk bearing an individual flower in an inflorescence.Compare with peduncle
stem, shoot, trunk, stock, cane, bine, bent, haulm, straw, reedView synonyms
- ‘Counts were made of all buds, flowers, pedicels where flowers or fruits had aborted, and fruits.’
- ‘Every inflorescence of a marked branch was individually identified with a numbered tag tied to its pedicel and its number of flowers recorded.’
- ‘An umbel is an inflorescence in which a number of flower stalks or pedicels, nearly equal in length, spread from a common center.’
- ‘The pedicel of the highest open flower on each inflorescence was tagged daily with a piece of dated tape for the duration of the experiment.’
- ‘The flowers, on a stout pedicel, have a 5-dentate tubular calyx.’
- 1.1Anatomy Zoology another term for pedicle
- ‘They taper to a narrow base or attachment point, which, in some specimens, has a short pedicel.’
- ‘Near the base of the pedicel, the transverse process projects lateroventrally.’
- ‘A few posterior dorsals have a pair of depressions ventral to the pedicel on the edge of the intervertebral face.’
- ‘A longitudinal crest on the medial face of each pedicel of the neural arch gives the neural canal an eight-shaped cross section in its central part.’
- ‘They arise from a permanent bony base on the frontals called a pedicel.’
Late 17th century: from modern Latin pedicellus ‘small foot’, diminutive of pes, ped- ‘foot’.
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