from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supporting stalk or stemlike structure, especially the stalk of a pistil, the petiole of a fern frond, or the stalk that supports the cap of a mushroom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The stem of a mushroom, kelp, etc.
  • n. The trunk of a tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The stalk or petiole of a frond, as of a fern.
  • n. The stalk of a pistil.
  • n. The trunk of a tree.
  • n. The stem of a fungus or mushroom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A steep ascent.
  • n. In botany, a stalk or support of some sort, the word being variously employed.
  • n. In anatomy, a stem: applied to two branches, anterior and posterior, of the zygal or paroccipital fissure of the brain.
  • n. In zoology, a stipes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. supporting stalk or stem-like structure especially of a pistil or fern frond or supporting a mushroom cap


French, from Latin stīpes, post.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin stipes a stock, post, branch: compare French stipe. (Wiktionary)



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