noun, plural stipites [stip-i-teez] .
Zoology. the second joint in a maxilla of crustaceans and insects.
Botany, Mycology. a stipe.

1750–60; < Latin stīpes; see stipe Unabridged


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]

stipes (ˈstaɪpiːz)
n , pl stipites
1.  the second maxillary segment in insects and crustaceans
2.  the eyestalk of a crab or similar crustacean
3.  any similar stemlike structure
[C18: from Latin; see stipe]

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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
Kelp stipes and blades cannot stand up on their own.
Many slender stipes are buoyed towards the surface with gas filled bulbs that have wide wrinkled blades at their end.
Native people used dried kelp stipes to make fishing line.
Stipes are pigmented purple in distal part of stipe.
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