Botany. a prostrate stem, at or just below the surface of the ground, that produces new plants from buds at its tips or nodes.
Zoology. a rootlike extension of the body wall in a compound organism, as a bryozoan, usually giving rise to new members by budding.

1595–1605; < Latin stolōn- (stem of stolō) branch, shoot, twig

stolonic [stoh-lon-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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stolon (ˈstəʊlən)
1.  a long horizontal stem, as of the currants, that grows along the surface of the soil and propagates by producing roots and shoots at the nodes or tip
2.  a branching structure in lower animals, esp the anchoring rootlike part of colonial organisms, such as hydroids, on which the polyps are borne
[C17: from Latin stolō shoot]

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stolon   (stō'lŏn')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Botany See runner.

  2. Zoology A stemlike structure of certain colonial organisms, such as hydroids, from which new individuals arise by budding.

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