noun \ˈstēl, ˈstē-lē\

Definition of STELE

:  the usually cylindrical central vascular portion of the axis of a vascular plant

Origin of STELE

New Latin, from Greek stēlē stela, pillar
First Known Use: 1895

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with STELE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Standing stone tablet used in the ancient world primarily as a grave marker but also for dedication, commemoration, and demarcation. Though the stele's origin is unknown, a stone slab was commonly used as a tombstone in Egypt, Greece, Asia, and the Mayan empire. In Babylon, the Code of Hammurabi was engraved on a tall stele. The largest number of stelae were produced in Attica, chiefly as grave markers. The dead were represented on the stelae as they were in life: men as warriors or athletes, women surrounded by their children, and children with their pets or toys.

Variants of STELE

stele or stela


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