Pronunciation key

( peti-ə-lāt′ )

pet•i•o•late []


[Mod. L. petiolus; L., a little foot, little leg, stalk, dim < pes, pedis a foot; petiole + ate].

  1. in botany and zoology, having a stalk or stalk-like properties.



both Funk & Wagnalls and Websters Dictionaries state this term is spelled Petiolate, while Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees states the spelling is Petoliate. I am under the impression this was simply a typo behalf on the printer and have opted for the dictionaries spelling. My hope is that I have chosen correctly.

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary, Comprehensive International Edition ©1976
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees, Edited by Steve Cafferty M.Sc. ©2005
  • Zoology Quest: Chart of Leaf Arrangement and Attachment
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