|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]|
|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.