Definition of petiolus in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpɛtɪˈəʊləs/ /ˌpiːtɪˈəʊləs/


Botany Zoology
  • 1rare In early use: the stalk of a plant part (leaf, flower, etc.). Later: specifically a leaf stalk; = "petiole".

  • 2= "petiole".


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Hans Sloane (1660–1753), physician and collector. From classical Latin petiolus, variant (in later manuscripts and editions) of peciolus little foot, stalk of fruit, probably representing a diminutive formation from ped-, pēs foot; compare -ole.