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Peduncle  n.  
(Bot.) The stem or stalk that supports the flower or fruit of a plant, or a cluster of flowers or fruits. Note: The ultimate divisions or branches of a peduncle are called pedicels. In the case of a solitary flower, the stalk would be called a peduncle if the flower is large, and a pedicel if it is small or delicate.
(Zool.) A sort of stem by which certain shells and barnacles are attached to other objects.
(Anat.) A band of nervous or fibrous matter connecting different parts of the brain; as, the peduncles of the cerebellum; the peduncles of the pineal gland.

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"Peduncle" Quotes from Famous Books

... evident that the ovules received the pollen directly. The whole fructification is of large size; in the case of Cycadeoidea dacotensis, one of the species investigated by Wieland, the total length, in the bud condition, is about 12 cm., half of which belongs to the peduncle. ...
— Darwin and Modern Science • A.C. Seward and Others

... into the water which overflows the banks of a stream, many of these, as they reach the water, will assume a position as follows: The nuts spread right and left and float; the free portion of the bract extends into the water, while the portion adhering to the peduncle rises obliquely out of the water and serves as a sail to draw along the trailing fruit. After sailing for perhaps fifteen minutes, the whole bract and stem go under water, the nuts floating the whole as they continue to drift with ...
— Seed Dispersal • William J. Beal

... varieties, one, two, or several flowers in a small cluster, are borne on the same peduncle; and this is a difference which is considered of specific value in some of the Leguminosae. In all the varieties the flowers closely resemble each other except in colour and size. They are generally white, sometimes purple, but the colour is inconstant ...
— The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication - Volume I • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Peduncle" :   nerve pathway, prosencephalon, tract, pedunculated polyp, pedicle, forebrain, pedicel, scape, nerve tract, growth

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