Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Pediatrics noun That branch of medical science which treats of the hygiene and diseases of children.
[ French pédicelle
. See Pedicle
.] 1. (Botany) (a) A stalk which supports one flower or fruit, whether solitary or one of many ultimate divisions of a common peduncle. See Peduncle , and Illust. of Flower . (b) A slender support of any special organ, as that of a capsule in mosses, an air vesicle in algæ, or a sporangium in ferns. 2. (Zoology) A slender stem by which certain of the lower animals or their eggs are attached. See Illust. of Aphis lion . 3. (Anat.) (a) The ventral part of each side of the neural arch connecting with the centrum of a vertebra. (b) An outgrowth of the frontal bones, which supports the antlers or horns in deer and allied animals.
Pediceled adjective Pedicellate.
; plural Pedicellariæ
. [ New Latin See Pedicel
.] (Zoology) A peculiar forcepslike organ which occurs in large numbers upon starfishes and echini. Those of starfishes have two movable jaws, or blades, and are usually nearly, or quite, sessile; those of echini usually have three jaws and a pedicel. See Illustration in Appendix.
Pedicellate adjective Having a pedicel; supported by a pedicel.
[ New Latin See Pedicel
.] (Zoology) A genus of Bryozoa, of the order Entoprocta, having a bell-shaped body supported on a slender pedicel. See Illust. under Entoprocta .
[ Latin pediculus
a little foot, dim. of pes
foot: confer French pédicule
. See edal
, and confer Pedicel
.] Same as Pedicel .
Pedicular adjective [ Latin pedicularis , from pediculus a louse: confer French pédiculaire .] Of or pertaining to lice; having the lousy distemper (phthiriasis); lousy. Southey.
Pediculate adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Pediculati.
Pediculati noun plural
[ New Latin See Pedicle
.] (Zoology) An order of fishes including the anglers. See Illust. of Angler and Batfish .
Pediculation noun (Medicine) Phthiriasis.
[ See Pedicle
.] A pedicel.
Pediculina noun plural
[ New Latin See Pediculus
.] (Zoology) A division of parasitic hemipterous insects, including the true lice. See Illust. in Appendix.
Pediculous adjective [ Latin pediculosus .] Pedicular.
; plural Pediculi
. [ Latin , a louse.] (Zoology) A genus of wingless parasitic Hemiptera, including the common lice of man. See Louse .
Pedicure noun [ Pedi- + Latin cura care.]
1. The care of the feet and nails. 2. One who cares for the feet and nails; a chiropodist. -- Ped"i*cure , transitive verb -- Ped"i*cur*ism noun -- Ped"i*cur*ist noun
Pediform adjective [ Pedi- + - form .] Shaped like a foot.
Pedigerous adjective [ Pedi- + -gerous .] (Zoology) Bearing or having feet or legs.
[ Of unknown origin; possibly from French par degrés
by degrees, -- for a pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the relationship of families by degrees
; or, perhaps , from French pied de grue
crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic genealogical trees.] 1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.
Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the truth of our pedigrees . Camden.
His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree . Milton.
I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees . Sir P. Sidney.
The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes. Atterbury. 2. (Stock Breeding) A record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse.
Pedigree clause A clause sometimes inserted in contracts or specifications, requiring that a material of construction, as cement, must be of a brand that has stood the test of a specified number of years' use in an important public work. [ Cant, U. S.]
Pediluvy noun [ Pedi- + Latin luere to wash: confer Italian & Spanish pediluvio , French pédiluve .] The bathing of the feet, a bath for the feet. [ Obsolete]
Pedimana noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin pes , pedis , foot + manus hand.] (Zoology) A division of marsupials, including the opossums.
Pedimane noun [ Confer French pédimane .] (Zoology) A pedimanous marsupial; an opossum.
[ See Pedimana
.] (Zoology) Having feet resembling hands, or with the first toe opposable, as the opossums and monkeys.
[ Latin pes
, a foot. See Foot
.] (Architecture) Originally, in classical architecture, the triangular space forming the gable of a simple roof; hence, a similar form used as a decoration over porticoes, doors, windows, etc.; also, a rounded or broken frontal having a similar position and use. See Temple .
Pedimental adjective Of or pertaining to a pediment.
Pedipalp noun [ Confer French pédipalpe .] (Zoology) One of the Pedipalpi.
Pedipalpi n plural
[ New Latin See Pedipalpus
.] (Zoology) A division of Arachnida, including the whip scorpions ( Thelyphonus ) and allied forms. Sometimes used in a wider sense to include also the true scorpions.
Pedipalpous adjective (Zoology) Pertaining to, or resembling, the pedipalps.
; plural Pedipalpi
. [ New Latin See Pes
, and Palpus
.] (Zoology) 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.
Pedireme noun [ Pedi- + Latin remus oar.] (Zoology) A crustacean, some of whose feet serve as oars.
Pedobaptism noun [ Greek ..., ..., a child + English baptism .] The baptism of infants or of small children. [ Written also pædobaptism .]
Pedobaptist noun One who advocates or practices infant baptism. [ Written also pædobaptist .]
Pedograph noun [ Greek ... ground + -graph .] An instrument carried by a pedestrian for automatically making a topographical record of the ground covered during a journey.
Pedology noun [ Greek ..., ..., child + -logy .] (Medicine) Pediatrics.
Pedomancy noun [ Pedi- + -mancy .] Divination by examining the soles of the feet.
Pedometer noun [ Pedi- , pedo- + -meter : confer French 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.
Pedometric, Pedometrical adjective Pertaining to, or measured by, a pedometer.
Pedomotive adjective [ Pedi- , pedo- + -motive .] Moved or worked by the action of the foot or feet on a pedal or treadle.
Pedotrophy noun [ Greek ..., from ..., ..., a child + ... to nourish: confer French pédotrophie .] The art of nourishing children properly.
[ See Pedi-
.] (Machinery) (a) A device intended to replace the wheel of a self-propelled vehicle for use on rough roads and to approximate to the smoothness in running of a wheel on a metal track. The tread consists of a number of rubber shod feet which are connected by ball-and-socket joints to the ends of sliding spokes. Each spoke has attached to it a small roller which in its turn runs under a short pivoted rail controlled by a powerful set of springs. This arrangement permits the feet to accomodate themselves to obstacles even such as steps or stairs. The pedrail was invented by one B. J. Diplock of London, Eng. (b) A vehicle, as a traction engine, having such pedrails.
Pedregal noun [ Spanish , a stony place, from piedra stone.] A lava field. [ Mexico & Western U.S.]
Pedro noun [ From Spanish Pedro Peter, Latin Petrus , Greek ....] (Card Playing) (a) The five of trumps in certain varieties of auction pitch. (b) A variety of auction pitch in which the five of trumps counts five.
[ Formed from (assumed) Latin pedunculus
, dim. of pes
, a foot: confer French pédoncule
.] 1. (Botany) 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. (Zoology) 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.
Peduncled adjective Having a peduncle; supported on a peduncle; pedunculate.
Peduncular adjective [ Confer French pédonculaire .] Of or pertaining to a peduncle; growing from a peduncle; as, a peduncular tendril.
Pedunculata noun plural
[ New Latin See Peduncle
.] (Zoology) A division of Cirripedia, including the stalked or goose barnacles.
Pedunculate, Pedunculated adjective (Biol.) Having a peduncle; growing on a peduncle; as, a pedunculate flower; a pedunculate eye, as in a lobster.