Pedipalpus to Pegmatitic

(Ped`i*pal"pus) n.; pl. Pedipalpi [NL. See Pes, and Palpus.] (Zoöl.) One of the second pair of mouth organs of arachnids. In some they are leglike, but in others, as the scorpion, they terminate in a claw.

(Ped"i*reme) n. [Pedi- + L. remus oar.] (Zoöl.) A crustacean, some of whose feet serve as oars.

(Ped"lar, Ped"ler) n. See Peddler.

(Pe`do*bap"tism) n. [Gr. a child + E. baptism.] The baptism of infants or of small children. [Written also pædobaptism.]

(Pe`do*bap"tist) n. One who advocates or practices infant baptism. [Written also pædobaptist.]

(Ped"o*man`cy) n. [Pedi- + -mancy.] Divination by examining the soles of the feet.

(Pe*dom"e*ter) n. [Pedi-, pedo- + -meter: cf. F. pédomètre.] (Mech.) An instrument for including the number of steps in walking, and so ascertaining the distance passed over. It is usually in the form of a watch; an oscillating weight by the motion of the body causes the index to advance a certain distance at each step.

(Ped`o*met"ric Ped`o*met"ric*al) a. Pertaining to, or measured by, a pedometer.

(Ped`o*mo"tive) a. [Pedi-, pedo- + -motive.] Moved or worked by the action of the foot or feet on a pedal or treadle.

(Pe*dot"ro*phy) n. [Gr. fr. a child + to nourish: cf. F. pédotrophie.] The art of nourishing children properly.

(||Pe`dre*gal") n. [Sp., a stony place, fr. piedra stone.] A lava field. [Mexico & Western U.S.]

(Pe*dun"cle) n. [Formed fr. (assumed) L. pedunculus, dim. of pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. pédoncule.]

1. (Bot.) The stem or stalk that supports the flower or fruit of a plant, or a cluster of flowers or fruits.

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.

2. (Zoöl.) A sort of stem by which certain shells and barnacles are attached to other objects. See Illust. of Barnacle.

3. (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.

(Pe*dun"cled) a. Having a peduncle; supported on a peduncle; pedunculate.

(Pe*dun"cu*lar) a. [Cf. F. pédonculaire.] Of or pertaining to a peduncle; growing from a peduncle; as, a peduncular tendril.

(||Pe*dun`cu*la"ta) n. pl. [NL. See Peduncle.] (Zoöl.) A division of Cirripedia, including the stalked or goose barnacles.

(Pe*dun"cu*late Pe*dun"cu*la`ted) a. (Biol.) Having a peduncle; growing on a peduncle; as, a pedunculate flower; a pedunculate eye, as in a lobster.

(Pee) n. See 1st Pea.

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