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Basal

[BAY-zəl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Old French and Middle English, late 14th century

1.

Forming or belonging to a bottom layer or base.

Examples of Basal in a sentence

"The bush’s basal leaves were large and lush."

"The pre-k school offered students some basal education."

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About Basal

This word comes from Old French, but stems originally from either the Latin “basis,” meaning “foundation” or the Greek “basis,” meaning “a stepping, a step, that on which one steps or stands, pedestal.” The “-al” suffix means “of, like, related to, pertaining to.”

Did you Know?

A person’s basal metabolism is the rate at which the body uses energy while at rest to maintain vital functions. Research has shown low-calorie diets tend to suppress basal metabolism.

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