WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ba•sip•e•tal  (bā sipi tl),USA pronunciation adj. [Bot., Mycol.]
  1. Botany, Fungigrowing or moving toward the base of a structure or part.
ba•sipe•tal•ly, adv. 
  • Latin pet(ere) to seek + -al1; compare centripetal
  • basi(s) + -petal 1865–70

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