sta·​men | \ ˈstā-mən How to pronounce stamen (audio) \
plural stamens also stamina\ ˈstā-​mə-​nə How to pronounce stamina (audio) , ˈsta-​ \

Definition of stamen

: 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 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, "With so many beautiful options, your garden should feature a Clematis — or several," 28 June 2017 The red bristles that give the bottlebrush its popular name are actually the stamens. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Insulin injections are harming bond between cat and human," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of stamen

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stamen

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

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The first known use of stamen was in 1668

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“Stamen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stamen

botany : the part of a flower that produces pollen


sta·​men | \ ˈstā-mən How to pronounce stamen (audio) \

Kids Definition of stamen

: the part of a flower that produces pollen and is made up of an anther and a filament

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