What does the word basal mean?

Usage examples for basal

  1. Yet its simple ethical principles and its social relationships are basal in the lives of the vast masses of the Chinese. – Buddhism and Buddhists in China by Lewis Hodus
  2. Perhaps the basal principle of concealing coloration is the law of counter- shading, first partially announced by Prof. – Butterflies Worth Knowing by Clarence M. Weed
  3. In one of Miss McMillan's early books she wrote: Very early the child begins more or less consciously to exercise the basal sense- the sense of touch. – The Child Under Eight by E.R. Murray and Henrietta Brown Smith