- of, at, or forming the base
- being the base or basis; basic; fundamental
- Bot. growing from the base of a stem
See basal in American Heritage Dictionary 4
a. Of, relating to, located at, or forming a base.
b. Botany Located at or near the base of a plant stem, or at the base of any other plant part: basal placentation.
- Of primary importance; basic.
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