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peduncle

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Pronunciation: /pɪˈdʌŋk(ə)l
 
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Definition of peduncle in English:

noun

Botany
1The stalk bearing a flower or fruit, or the main stalk of an inflorescence. Compare with pedicel.
Example sentences
  • In angiosperms, trichomes may occur on leaves, petals, stems, petioles, peduncles and seed coats, depending on the species.
  • The reddish colour of the depistillated flower and its peduncle is a response to high light intensities during anthesis and should not be interpreted to indicate senescence.
  • Briefly, after harvesting, fruit peduncles were trimmed to uniform length with a scalpel, and each fruit was immediately placed in an autoclaved container with a nutrient solution.
1.1 Zoology A stalk-like part by which an organ is attached to an animal’s body, or by which a barnacle or other sedentary animal is attached to a substrate.
Example sentences
  • The twisting action allows the animal to use the flukes in conjunction with the peduncle as a rudder.
  • In addition to the tentacles, these extremities include the hypostome, the lower peduncle, which is committed to foot formation, and the foot.
  • The body of the fish is measured from the tip of the mouth to the caudal peduncle (end of the body wall muscle).

Origin

mid 18th century: from modern Latin pedunculus, from Latin pes, ped- 'foot'.

Derivatives

peduncular

1
Pronunciation: /pɪˈdʌŋkjʊlə/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Overall, the ovules in the most peduncular / basal positions within the ovary are less likely to be fertilized than those in the most stylar/distal positions.
  • Thus, the peduncular vertebrae form a rigid bar, interposed between two relatively flexible joints.

Words that rhyme with peduncle

uncle

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