[syn: basal, primary]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Basal \Ba"sal\, a.
Relating to, or forming, the base.
Basal cleavage. See under Cleavage.
Basal plane (Crystallog.), a plane parallel to the lateral
or horizontal axis.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [syn: radical, basal] [ant:
2: serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base
coat followed by two finishing coats" [syn: basal, base]
3: of primary importance [syn: basal, primary]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "basal":
ab ovo, aboriginal, basic, basilar, beginning, bottom, bottommost,
central, constituent, constitutive, crucial, elemental, elementary,
embryonic, essential, foundational, fundamental, generative,
genetic, germinal, gut, in embryo, in ovo, lowermost, lowest,
material, nethermost, of the essence, original, pregnant, primal,
primary, primeval, primitive, primordial, pristine, protogenic,
radical, rudimental, rudimentary, seminal, substantial,
substantive, underlying, undermost