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Meaning of BASAL

Pronunciation:  'beysul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (botany) especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem; "basal placentation"; "radical leaves"
  2. [adj]  of primary importance; "basic truths"
  3. [adj]  serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"

BASAL is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: base, basic, essential, primary, radical
 Antonyms: cauline



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ba"sal\, a.
Relating to, or forming, the base.

{Basal cleavage}. See under {Cleavage}.

{Basal plane} (Crystallog.), one parallel to the lateral or
   horizontal axis.

Biology Dictionary
  1. At the base of a structure.
  2. Having to do with the base, the bottom, the foundation, etc. of something. Something essential, vital, primary. The minimum required rate or other value for something to function.
Thesaurus Terms
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