stamen

noun

sta·​men ˈstā-mən How to pronounce stamen (audio)
plural stamens also stamina ˈstā-mə-nə How to pronounce stamen (audio)
ˈsta-
: a microsporophyll of a seed plant
specifically : the pollen-producing male organ of a flower that consists of an anther and a filament see flower illustration

Examples of stamen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flowers may be single, semi-double, or double, usually with a central burst of bright yellow stamens. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 28 Jan. 2024 Remove stamens from lilies before placing them into arrangements. Nicole Pajer, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Leafless spears of golden flowers with long, protruding stamens reminiscent of spider legs appear without warning in September and October following a good downpour. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 Aug. 2023 Flowers are built from parts named sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels, which are arranged in whorls. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2023 There are several such floral sculptures in the show, some of which incorporate an audio function: they were designed as whistles, as if to give tiny stamen-like figures of deities and ancestors breath and a voice. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 Etoile Violette’, sporting masses of nodding, dark-purple single flowers centered with cream stamens; ‘Venosa Violacea’, with vivid violet, white-striped flowers; and ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’, with elegant double, rosy-red flowers. Ciscoe Morris, The Seattle Times, 28 June 2017 The red bristles that give the bottlebrush its popular name are actually the stamens. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 19 May 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, warp, thread, from stare to stand — more at stand

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stamen was in 1668

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“Stamen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stamen. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stamen

noun
sta·​men ˈstā-mən How to pronounce stamen (audio)
plural stamens also stamina ˈstā-mə-nə How to pronounce stamen (audio)
ˈstam-ə-
: an organ of a flower that consists of an anther and a filament and produces the pollen

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