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stamen

[stey-muh n] /ˈsteɪ mən/
noun, plural stamens, stamina
[stam-uh-nuh] /ˈstæm ə nə/ (Show IPA).
Botany
1.
the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin stāmen warp in upright loom, thread, filament, equivalent to stā(re) to stand + -men noun suffix; akin to Greek stḗmōn warp, Sanskrit sthāman place
Related forms
stamened, adjective
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  • Thus flowers have no petals, decorating themselves instead with the many showy stamens.
  • The stamens are present in bundles in two whorls, while the staminal column lacks lobes.
British Dictionary definitions for stamens

stamen

/ˈsteɪmɛn/
noun (pl) stamens, stamina (ˈstæmɪnə)
1.
the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk (filament) bearing an anther in which pollen is produced
Derived Forms
staminal (ˈstæmɪnəl) adjective
staminiferous (ˌstæmɪˈnɪfərəs) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: the warp in an upright loom, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stamens

stamen

n.

"pollen-bearing organ of a flower," 1660s, from Modern Latin (1625, Spigelus), from Latin stamen "stamen" (Pliny), literally "thread of the warp" in the upright loom (related to stare "to stand"), from PIE *sta-men- (cf. Greek stemon "warp," also used by Hesychius for some part of a plant, Gothic stoma, Sanskrit sthaman "place," also "strength"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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stamens in Science
stamen
  (stā'mən)   
Plural stamens or stamina (stā'mə-nə, stām'ə-)
The male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and a pollen-bearing anther at its tip. See more at anther, flower.

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stamens in Culture
stamen [(stay-muhn)]

The organ of a flower on which the pollen grows.

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