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.
Zoology. a stemlike part, as a footstalk; stalk.

1775–85; < French < Latin stīpes post, tree trunk or branch, log Unabridged
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stipe (staɪp)
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 stiff]

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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.
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Example sentences
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.
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