pe·dun·cle / ˈpēˌdəngkəl; pəˈdəngkəl/ •
n. Bot. the stalk bearing a flower or fruit, or the main stalk of an inflorescence. Compare with pedicel. ∎ Zool. a stalklike part by which an organ is attached to an animal's body, or by which a barnacle or other sedentary animal is attached to a substrate. ∎ Anat. any of several bundles of nerve fibers connecting two parts of the brain.DERIVATIVES: pe·dun·cu·lar / pəˈdəngkyələr/ adj.
The stalk by which an invertebrate is attached to the substrate. 2.
In goose barnacles (Lepadidae
), the stalk by which the main part of the animal (the capitulum
) is attached to the substratum. 3.
See CAUDAL PEDUNCLE
The main stalk of a plant that bears the flowers, which may be solitary or grouped in an inflorescence
. Compare pedicel
(bot.) stalk of flower or fruit. XVIII. — modL. pedunculus
, f. L. pēs
, ped- FOOT
; see -UNCLE
peduncle (pi-dunk-ŭl) n.
a narrow process or stalklike structure, serving as a connection or support.