main stem


Definition of main stem 

: a main trunk or channel: such as

a : the main course of a river or stream

b : the main street of a city or town

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Harvest the entire crop at the first sign of bolting by using a sharp knife to cut through the main stem just below the soil surface. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Tastiest Spinach," 15 Feb. 2018 Most architecture tours sail through the main stem of the Chicago River as well as venturing into the North and South branches. Hailey Mensik,, "Architecture tours lead the way in bringing visitors to increasingly crowded Chicago River," 5 July 2018 Prune the top to be 2.5 times as large as the container and keep it at that size by tipping back the main stems. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Container plants perfect for the San Antonio summer heat," 15 June 2018 Flood warnings are up all along the Potomac, including both the main stem (above the District) and the tidal portion (including the District). Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "After 10 inches of rain in D.C., the Potomac is about to hit highest level in 8 years," 4 June 2018 The improved nutrients from the wetlands will help provide food for salmon in the river's main stem. Edward Stratton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Farmers reshape land along Columbia River to bring salmon back," 2 Apr. 2018 These are flightless insects that must crawl up the main stem or trunk of the plant to reach the leaves. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "This hungry mystery bug will always be female," 6 Oct. 2017 Cuttings are either taken from the mother plant or, if a plant is old or root bound, can be taken by cutting the head off the main stem and starting over. Leslie Crawford,, "Propagating succulents? You can do it three ways," 8 Sep. 2017 Hernandez said there was no time frame for removing the drydock debris from the main stem of the channel, which is key to moving crude oil to refineries. Libby George, Fortune, "U.S. Gas Prices Are Down As Oil Industry Rebounds from Harvey," 4 Sep. 2017

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1671, in the meaning defined above

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