1. Botany. a.
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.
3. Anatomy. a.
a stalklike structure composed of white matter, connecting various regions of the brain.
an attachment process, as in the brachiopods.
Origin: 1745–55; Related forms
< Neo-Latin pedunculus,
equivalent to Latin ped-,
stem of pēs foot
diminutive suffix, orig. of n-stems; cf. carbuncle
peduncled, peduncular /pɪˈdʌŋkyələr/ [pi-duhng-kyuh-ler] Show IPA , adjective