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[stip-yool] /ˈstɪp yul/
noun, Botany
one of a pair of lateral appendages, often leaflike, at the base of a leaf petiole in many plants.
1785-95; < Latin stipula stalk, noun use of feminine of *stipulus firm (recorded in LL); akin to stipes
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stipular, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stipules
  • stipules a pair of outgrowths from the base of the leaf petiole.
  • The leaves are usually opposed and compound, and without stipules.
  • Plants always have leaves with stipules that are often leaflike.
British Dictionary definitions for stipules


a small paired usually leaflike outgrowth occurring at the base of a leaf or its stalk
Derived Forms
stipular (ˈstɪpjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin; see stipe, stipes
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Word Origin and History for stipules



"small appendage at the base of the petiole of a leaf," 1793, from French stipule, from Latin stipula "stalk (of hay), straw."

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stipules in Science
One of the usually small, paired parts resembling leaves at the base of a leafstalk in certain plants, such as roses and beans.
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