[pi-duhng-kuhl, pee-duhng-]
a flower stalk, supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower.
the stalk bearing the fruiting body in fungi.
Zoology. a stalk or stem; a stalklike part or structure.
a stalklike structure composed of white matter, connecting various regions of the brain.
an attachment process, as in the brachiopods.

1745–55; < Neo-Latin pedunculus, equivalent to Latin ped-, stem of pēs foot + -unculus diminutive suffix, orig. of n-stems; cf. carbuncle, homunculus

peduncled, peduncular [pi-duhng-kyuh-ler] , adjective
interpeduncular, adjective
postpeduncular, adjective
prepeduncle, noun
subpeduncle, noun
subpeduncled, adjective
subpeduncular, adjective Unabridged
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peduncle (pɪˈdʌŋkəl)
1.  the stalk of a plant bearing an inflorescence or solitary flower
2.  anatomy a stalklike structure, esp a large bundle of nerve fibres within the brain
3.  pathol a slender process of tissue by which a polyp or tumour is attached to the body
4.  biology another name for pedicel
[C18: from New Latin pedunculus, from Latin pedīculus little foot; see pedicle]

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peduncle pe·dun·cle (pĭ-dŭng'kəl, pē'dŭng'kəl)

  1. See pedicle.

  2. See pedunculus.

pe·dun'cu·lar (pĭ-dŭng'kyə-lər) adj.
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peduncle   (pĭ-dŭng'kəl, pē'dŭng'kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The stalk that attaches a single flower, flower cluster, or fruit to the stem. See more at flower.

  2. A stalk supporting an animal organ, such as the eyestalk of a lobster.

  3. A slender stalk by which the base of a nonsessile tumor is attached to normal tissue.

  4. Any of several stalklike connecting structures in the brain, composed either of white matter or of white and gray matter.

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Example sentences
Don't use red garlic, only white, and don't use an eggplant that has a purple peduncle because it will be bitter.
They used a tonguelike absorption tube called a peduncle to attach themselves.
The peduncle is the large muscular area between the dorsal fin and the flukes.
Fruit infections appear to result from expansion of lesions on the sepals and peduncle.
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