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stamina1

[stam-uh-nuh] /ˈstæm ə nə/
noun
1.
strength of physical constitution; power to endure disease, fatigue, privation, etc.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin, plural of stāmen thread (see stamen); i.e., the life-threads spun by the Fates

stamina2

[stam-uh-nuh] /ˈstæm ə nə/
noun
1.
a plural of stamen.

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
1640-50; < 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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British Dictionary definitions for stamina

stamina1

/ˈstæmɪnə/
noun
1.
enduring energy, strength, and resilience
Derived Forms
staminal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: identical with stamina² from Latin stāmen thread, hence the threads of life spun out by the Fates, hence energy, etc

stamina2

/ˈstæmɪnə/
noun
1.
a plural of stamen

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 stamina
n.

1670s, "rudiments or original elements of something," from Latin stamina "threads," plural of stamen (genitive staminis) "thread, warp" (see stamen). Sense of "power to resist or recover, strength, endurance" first recorded 1726 (originally plural), from earlier meaning "congenital vital capacities of a person or animal," also in part from Latin application to the threads spun by the Fates to determine the length and course of one's life, and partly from a figurative use of Latin stamen "the warp (of cloth)" on the notion of the warp as the "foundation" of a fabric.

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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stamina 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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stamina in Culture
stamen [(stay-muhn)]

The organ of a flower on which the pollen grows.

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