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stipe

[stahyp] /staɪp/
noun
1.
Botany, Mycology. a stalk or slender support, as the petiole of a fern frond, the stem supporting the pileus of a mushroom, or a stalklike elongation of the receptacle of a flower.
2.
Zoology. a stemlike part, as a footstalk; stalk.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French < Latin stīpes post, tree trunk or branch, log
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Examples from the web for stipe
  • Among these are the red colors of the pileus, the yellow stipe with red tones, and the short tubes.
  • Visible open caps and absence of a stipe are negative factors.
  • It has a long, hollow stipe that enlarges gradually toward the surface.
British Dictionary definitions for stipe

stipe

/staɪp/
noun
1.
a stalk in plants that bears reproductive structures, esp the stalk bearing the cap of a mushroom
2.
the stalk that bears the leaflets of a fern or the thallus of a seaweed
3.
(zoology) any stalklike part; stipes
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin stīpes tree trunk; related to Latin stīpāre to pack closely; see stiff
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Word Origin and History for stipe

1785, from French stipe, from Latin stipes "log, post, tree trunk" (see stiff (adj.)).

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stipe in Science
stipe
  (stīp)   
A supporting stalk or stemlike structure, especially the stalk of a pistil, the petiole of a fern frond, or the stalk that supports the cap of a mushroom.
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