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stipes

[stahy-peez] /ˈstaɪ piz/
noun, plural stipites
[stip-i-teez] /ˈstɪp ɪˌtiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Zoology. the second joint in a maxilla of crustaceans and insects.
2.
Botany, Mycology. a stipe.
Origin of stipes
1750-1760
1750-60; < Latin stīpes; see stipe

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
1775-85; < French < Latin stīpes post, tree trunk or branch, log
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  • It should be noticed that the lower portion of the stalk, on which there are no pinnæ, is called a stipes.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The stipes or stalks of Laminaria cloustoni are used in surgery.

  • As a rule, the stipes will be about one-third of the whole frond, the leafy portion being long and tongue-shaped.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The stipes is somewhat longer than the rachis, and it is of a whity-green colour.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The stipes is about the same length as the leafy portion of the frond.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • Scales of rhizome and stipes narrow, of firm texture and with thick-walled cells.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • stipes of the fertile fronds are about twice as long as the sterile, making two tiers of fronds.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • stipes tufted, two to four inches long, brownish beneath, green above.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • stipes dark purple or reddish-brown, polished and decidedly hairy and harsh to the touch, at least on one side.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
  • The fronds remain green through the winter but the stipes weaken and fall over.

    The Fern Lover's Companion George Henry Tilton
British Dictionary definitions for stipes

stipes

/ˈstaɪpiːz/
noun (zoology) (pl) stipites (ˈstɪpɪˌtiːz)
1.
the second maxillary segment in insects and crustaceans
2.
the eyestalk of a crab or similar crustacean
3.
any similar stemlike structure
Derived Forms
stipiform (ˈstaɪpɪˌfɔːm), stipitiform (ˈstɪpɪtɪˌfɔːm) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin; see 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 stipes

stipe

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

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stipes 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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