|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|
|[C18: via French from Latin stīpes tree trunk; related to Latin stīpāre to pack closely; see |
|stipe (stīp) Pronunciation Key
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.