\ˈstēl, ˈstē-lē\

Definition of stele 

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

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Elegant geometrical symmetries abound in its places of worship, and the ancient technique of khachkar—the carving of ornate crosses into steles—is on display outside, where several of the tall stone slabs watch over the complex like holy sentinels. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia," 28 June 2018 Khachkars are memorial steles carved with depictions of the cross, and are iconic features of Armenian places of worship. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture," 25 June 2018 Another find of note, a funerary stele, describes a high-ranking woman by the name of Lady Maliwarase and details her connections with royalty. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Large Cache of Texts May Offer Insight Into One of Africa’s Oldest Written Languages," 13 Apr. 2018 Items from Egypt include an Old Kingdom limestone tomb relief; a Ptolemaic-period stele with the leonine gods Bes and Tutu; a wood, gesso and paint cat coffin; and a 2,000-or-so-year-old bronze cat statuette that has Old Hollywood history too. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 For the next 50 years, the rubber tappers working in the forest chipped the narrative glyphs from the city’s monolithic steles, selling the city’s recorded history one piece at a time. Michael Snyder, New York Times, "In Campeche, Pyramids Are Everywhere. Crowds Are Not," 2 Feb. 2018 Marsh oversees a 65,000-square-foot warehouse that is part design studio - his team was busy finishing 10 biblical steles for the ark's lake and the bus arrival area - and part Ikea warehouse stuffed to the rafters with building materials. The Washington Post,, "Creationists build $120 million Noah-sized ark, complete with dinosaurs," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of stele

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stele

New Latin, from Greek stēlē stela, pillar

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