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 for basal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Basal \Ba"sal\, a.
     Relating to, or forming, the base.
     [1913 Webster]
     Basal cleavage. See under Cleavage.
     Basal plane (Crystallog.), a plane parallel to the lateral
        or horizontal axis.
        [1913 Webster]

From 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]

From 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

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