• WordNet 3.6
    • n pedicel a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pedicel (Zoöl) A slender stem by which certain of the lower animals or their eggs are attached. See Illust. of Aphis lion.
    • Pedicel (Bot) A slender support of any special organ, as that of a capsule in mosses, an air vesicle in algæ, or a sporangium in ferns.
    • Pedicel (Bot) A stalk which supports one flower or fruit, whether solitary or one of many ultimate divisions of a common peduncle. See Peduncle, and Illust. of Flower.
    • Pedicel (Anat) An outgrowth of the frontal bones, which supports the antlers or horns in deer and allied animals.
    • Pedicel (Anat) The ventral part of each side of the neural arch connecting with the centrum of a vertebra.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pedicel In botany, the ultimate division of a common peduncle; the stalk that supports one flower only when there are several on a peduncle. Any short and small foot-stalk, although it does not stand upon another footstalk, is likewise called a pedicel. See cuts under Cordyceps and Diatomaceæ. Also pediculus.
    • n pedicel In zoology and anatomy, a little foot or foot-like part; a footlet; a footstalk, pedicle, or peduncle. In zoöphytes, the stalk or stem.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pedicel ped′i-sel the little footstalk by which a single leaf or flower is fixed on the twig or on the cluster of which it forms a part—also Ped′icle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pédicelle,. See Pedicle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pédicelle—L. pediculus, dim. of pes, pedis, the foot.


In literature:

Both pedicels and peduncles much thickened and often red after fruiting.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
The flower-buds contain a cluster of flowers, on slender green pedicels.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
Flowers small, in 3-inch long racemes, deep yellow with bright red pedicels.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
Sporangia pedicelled, provided with a vertical ring which bursts transversely.
"The Fern Lover's Companion" by George Henry Tilton
Each flower has a pedicel about 1in.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Hypertrophied pedicels of ash 421 203, 204.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Spikelets are binate, one sessile and one pedicelled; the pedicelled spikelets are dissimilar from the sessile and both usually 2-flowered.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
In removing such a bud from the stick, the central column of the pedicel will often pull out and remain on the stick.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
The stems or pedicels have become stouter, and they begin to spread.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
Spores globose, even, 4-4.5 in diameter, sessile or sometimes with a short or minute pedicel.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Cluster small (6-24 berries), loose; peduncle short; pedicels short, thick.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Fruit-capsules tapering to a long slender beak, pedicels long and slender.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
The pedicels of both kinds of fruit are formed from the same mycelium in the order just described.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Every sporangium is borne upon a calcareous pedicel, very short indeed, but real.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
The pedicels of all the cirri are thickly covered with bristles.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
A. Spikelets one-flowered, rarely two-flowered as in Zea, falling from the pedicel entire or with certain joints of the rachis at maturity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
It differs from the other umbellate-flowered genera of the Lily family in not having its flowers jointed upon their pedicels.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Flowers on jointed pedicels.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
A loose, irregularly compound inflorescence with pedicellate flowers.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis
Rub off some of these scales on a glass slide and examine; note shape, little stem or pedicel of insertion, and longitudinal striations.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg