1 [stam-uh-nuh]
strength of physical constitution; power to endure disease, fatigue, privation, etc.

1535–45; < Latin, plural of stāmen thread (see stamen); i.e., the life-threads spun by the Fates Unabridged


2 [stam-uh-nuh]
a plural of stamen.


noun, plural stamens, stamina [stam-uh-nuh] . Botany.
the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther.

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

stamened, adjective Unabridged
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stamen (ˈsteɪmɛn)
n , pl stamens, stamina
the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk (filament) bearing an anther in which pollen is produced
[C17: from Latin: the warp in an upright loom, from stāre to stand]

stamina1 (ˈstæmɪnə)
enduring energy, strength, and resilience
[C19: identical with stamina² from Latin stāmen thread, hence the threads of life spun out by the Fates, hence energy, etc]

stamina2 (ˈstæmɪnə)
a plural of stamen

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Word Origin & History

"pollen-bearing organ of a flower," 1668, from Mod.L. (1625, Spigelus), from L. stamen "stamen" (Pliny), lit. "thread of the warp" in the upright loom (related to stare "to stand"), from PIE *sta-men- (cf. Gk. stemon "warp," also used by Hesychius for some part of a plant, Goth. stoma, Skt. sthaman
"place," also "strength"), from base *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

1676, "rudiments or original elements of something," from L. stamina "threads," pl. of stamen (gen. staminis) "thread, warp" (see stamen). Sense of "power to resist or recover, strength, endurance" first recorded 1726 (originally pl.), from earlier meaning "congenital vital
capacities of a person or animal," also in part from L. application to the threads spun by the Fates to determine the length and course of one's life, and partly from a fig. use of L. stamen "the warp (of cloth)" on the notion of the warp as the "foundation" of a fabric.
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stamen  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (stā'mən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Cultural Dictionary
stamen [(stay-muhn)]

The organ of a flower on which the pollen grows.

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