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[stam-uh-nit, -neyt] /ˈstæm ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
adjective, Botany
having a stamen or stamens.
having stamens but no pistils.
Origin of staminate
1835-45; stamin- + -ate1
Related forms
multistaminate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for staminate
  • The yellow and purple flowers are about an inch long, the staminate in showy clusters.
  • If the staminate flower randomly floats to a pistillate flower, pollination occurs at the water's surface.
  • Maqui is dioecious and therefore plants produce either staminate or pistillate flowers.
  • staminate catkins form in summer and open the following spring.
  • The staminate flowers are released underwater and float to the surface.
  • staminate and pistillate catkins appear after the first leaves.
  • staminate and pistillate catkins appear in the spring after the first leaves.
  • staminate and pistillate catkins appear in the spring before or with the first leaves.
  • staminate flowers have five erect stamens, alternating with petals.
  • The pistillate calyx is similar to the staminate calyx.
British Dictionary definitions for staminate


/ˈstæmɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt/
(of plants) having stamens, esp having stamens but no carpels; male
Word Origin
C19: from Latin stāminātus consisting of threads. See stamen, -ate1
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staminate in Science
Having stamens but no carpels. Male flowers are staminate.
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