petiole

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petiole

1. the stalk by which a leaf is attached to the rest of the plant
2. Zoology a slender stalk or stem, such as the connection between the thorax and abdomen of ants
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petiole

[′ped·ē‚ōl]
(botany)
The stem which supports the blade of a leaf.
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