stalk

1 [stawk]
noun
1.
the stem or main axis of a plant.
2.
any slender supporting or connecting part of a plant, as the petiole of a leaf, the peduncle of a flower, or the funicle of an ovule.
3.
a similar structural part of an animal.
4.
a stem, shaft, or slender supporting part of anything.
5.
Automotive. a slender lever, usually mounted on or near the steering wheel, that is used by the driver to control a signal or function: The horn button is on the turn-signal stalk.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English stalke, apparently equivalent to Old English stal(u) stave + -k diminutive suffix

stalklike, adjective
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stalk

2 [stawk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to pursue or approach prey, quarry, etc., stealthily.
2.
to walk with measured, stiff, or haughty strides: He was so angry he stalked away without saying goodbye.
3.
to proceed in a steady, deliberate, or sinister manner: Famine stalked through the nation.
4.
Obsolete. to walk or go stealthily along.
verb (used with object)
5.
to pursue (game, a person, etc.) stealthily.
6.
to proceed through (an area) in search of prey or quarry: to stalk the woods for game.
7.
to proceed or spread through in a steady or sinister manner: Disease stalked the land.
noun
8.
an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like: We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
9.
a slow, stiff stride or gait.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English stalken (v.), representing the base of Old English bestealcian to move stealthily, stealcung stalking (gerund); akin to steal

stalkable, adjective
stalker, noun
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stalk1 (stɔːk)
 
n
1.  the main stem of a herbaceous plant
2.  any of various subsidiary plant stems, such as a leafstalk (petiole) or flower stalk (peduncle)
3.  a slender supporting structure in animals such as crinoids and certain protozoans, coelenterates, and barnacles
4.  any long slender supporting shaft or column
 
[C14: probably a diminutive formed from Old English stalu upright piece of wood; related to Old Frisian staal handle]
 
stalked1
 
adj
 
'stalkless1
 
adj
 
'stalklike1
 
adj

stalk2 (stɔːk)
 
vb
1.  to follow or approach (game, prey, etc) stealthily and quietly
2.  to pursue persistently and, sometimes, attack (a person with whom one is obsessed, often a celebrity)
3.  to spread over (a place) in a menacing or grim manner: fever stalked the camp
4.  (intr) to walk in a haughty, stiff, or threatening way: he stalked out in disgust
5.  to search or draw (a piece of land) for prey
 
n
6.  the act of stalking
7.  a stiff or threatening stride
 
[Old English bestealcian to walk stealthily; related to Middle Low German stolkeren, Danish stalke]
 
'stalker2
 
n

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stalk
"stem of a plant," early 14c., probably a dim. (with -k suffix) of stale "one of the uprights of a ladder, handle, stalk," from O.E. stalu "wooden part" (as of a harp), from P.Gmc. *stalo; related to O.E. steala "stalk, support," and steall "place" (see stall (2)).

stalk
"pursue stealthily," O.E. -stealcian, as in bestealcian "to steal along," from P.Gmc. *stalkojanan, probably from a frequentative of the root of steal (cf. hark from hear, talk from tell). Or it may be from a sense of stalk (v.1), influenced by
stalk (n.). Meaning "harass obsessively" first recorded 1991. Stalker earlier meant "a poacher" (1424) and "one who prowls for purposes of theft" (1508). A stalking-horse was lit. a horse trained to allow a fowler to conceal himself behind it to get within range of the game; fig. sense of "person who participates in a proceeding to disguise its real purpose" is recorded from 1612.

stalk
"walk haughtily" (opposite meaning of stalk (v1.)) is 1530, perhaps from stalk (n.) with a notion of "long, awkward strides," or from O.E. stealcung "a stalking," related to stealc "steep, lofty."
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Medical Dictionary

stalk (stôk)
n.
A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that connects or supports an organ.

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stalk   (stôk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The main stem of a plant.

  2. A slender structure that supports a plant part, such as a flower or leaf.

  3. A slender supporting structure in certain other organisms, such as the reproductive structure in plasmodial slime molds or the part of a mushroom below the cap.

  4. A slender supporting or connecting part of an animal, such as the eyestalk of a lobster.


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Notable difference is that each long flower stalk bears a small bud more add to
  my plant list enlarge.
Unless firms learn to adjust their output to their real market, deflation will
  stalk industry for a long time to come.
They have poor eyesight, and stalk prey using chemical receptors in their
  tongues and heat-sensors along the jaws.
After the stalk has flowered and borne fruit, it dies.
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