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Adjective: basal  bey-zul or bey-sul [N. Amer], bey-sul [Brit]
  1. (botany) 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
     
  2. Serving as or forming a base
    "the painter applied a basal coat followed by two finishing coats";
    - base
     
  3. Of primary importance
    - primary

See also: basic, essential

Encyclopedia: Basal, Hungary