Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Old French and Middle English, late 14th century
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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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.