stelai

stele

[stee-lee, steel for 1–3; steel, stee-lee for 4]
noun, plural stelai [stee-lahy] , steles [stee-leez, steelz] .
1.
an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
2.
Architecture. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
3.
(in ancient Rome) a burial stone.
4.
Botany. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.
Also, stela (for defs 1–3).


Origin:
1810–20; < Greek stḗlē, akin to histánai to make stand, Latin stāre to stand

stelar [stee-ler] , adjective

steal, steel, stele.
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stele (ˈstiːlɪ, stiːl, ˈstiːlə)
 
n , pl stelae, steles
1.  an upright stone slab or column decorated with figures or inscriptions, common in prehistoric times
2.  a prepared vertical surface that has a commemorative inscription or design, esp one on the face of a building
3.  protostele See also siphonostele the conducting tissue of the stems and roots of plants, which is in the form of a cylinder, principally containing xylem, phloem, and pericycle
 
[C19: from Greek stēlē; related to Greek histanai to stand, Latin stāre]
 
stelar
 
adj

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stele
"upright slab," usually inscribed, 1820, from Gk. stele "standing block, slab," related to stellein "to set in order, arrange," from PIE *stel- (see stet).
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stele   (stēl, stē'lē)  Pronunciation Key 
The central core of primary vascular tissues in the stem or root of a vascular plant, consisting of xylem and phloem together with pith.
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