1. (Bot.) The stalk of a leaf or of flower; a petiole,
pedicel, or reduncle.
(a) The peduncle or stem by which various marine animals
are attached, as certain brachiopods and goose
(b) The stem which supports which supports the eye in
decapod Crustacea; eyestalk.
3. (Mach.) The lower part of a millstone spindle. It rests in
a step. --Knight.