petiole

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French pétiole, and its source, Late Latin petiolus ‎(little foot), diminutive form of Latin pes.

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Noun[edit]

petiole ‎(plural petioles)

  1. (botany) The stalk of a leaf, attaching the blade to the stem.
  2. (entomology) A narrow or constricted segment of the body of an insect. Used especially to refer to the metasomal segment of Hymenoptera such as wasps.
  3. (entomology) The stalk at the base of the nest of the paper wasp.

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  • (segment of the body of an insect): pedicel

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