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Meaning of SESSILE

Pronunciation:  'sesil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (biology) attached directly by the base; not having an intervening stalk; "sessile flowers"; "the shell of a sessile barnacle is attached directly to a substrate"
  2. [adj]  (biology) permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about; "an attached oyster"; "sessile marine animals and plants"

SESSILE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: attached, stalkless
 Antonyms: pedunculate, stalked, vagile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ses"sile\, a. [L. sessilis low, dwarf, from sedere,
sessum, to sit: cf. F. sessile.]
1. Attached without any sensible projecting support.

2. (Bot.) Resting directly upon the main stem or branch,
   without a petiole or footstalk; as, a sessile leaf or

3. (Zo["o]l.) Permanently attached; -- said of the gonophores
   of certain hydroids which never became detached.

Biology Dictionary
  1. In botany terminology, refers to a plant part without a stalk (when applied to a stigma, indicates that the style is absent, the stigma being 'sessile' on the ovary).
  2. Describes an animal which is unable to move, or does not move very much. Examples include coral, sponges, barnacles, and sea squirts.