main stem


: a main trunk or channel: such as
: the main course of a river or stream
: the main street of a city or town

Examples of main stem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today the Snail Darter can be found along 400 miles of the river's main stem and multiple tributaries. Robert Kunzig, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Vining tomatoes are commonly grown as cordons, trained to grow upwards with one main stem, with side shoots removed to discourage a more branching form. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 25 July 2023 Separately, the Cambodian government has halted dam building on the Mekong main stem until at least 2030. Byrichard Stone,, 30 May 2023 In general, tomato plants produce main stems and main leaf branches. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Apr. 2023 Divide by removing new tubers from main stem. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2021 Tomatoes, unlike most plants, can produce roots along their main stem. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Mar. 2023 Occasionally, the plants will produce fast-growing water shoots, which are branches that grow off the main stem. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 31 Jan. 2023 Where normal bird feathers have single spines that lay in the same plane as the main stem, the birds of paradise had feathers that branched into numerous tiny barbules that curved up and toward the feathers' tips. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 9 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of main stem was in 1671

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Cite this Entry

“Main stem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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