stipe

noun
\ ˈstīp How to pronounce stipe (audio) \

Definition of stipe

: a usually short stalk of a plant or fungus: such as
a : the stem supporting the cap of a fungus
b : a part that is similar to a stipe and connects the holdfast and blade of a frondose alga
c : the petiole of a fern frond
d : a prolongation of the receptacle beneath the ovary of a seed plant

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Other Words from stipe

stiped \ ˈstīpt How to pronounce stiped (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crabs clung to bull kelp stipes — stems — like sloths to a jungle vine. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Another vital forest at risk: Scientists fear warming water could be killing off Puget Sound’s kelp beds," 15 Sep. 2019 They are easily identified by the red-brown cap fading to tan, white to lilac-gray gills, firm texture, and annulus (ring) around the stout stipe (stalk). Sunset, "How to Grow Mushrooms," 22 Jan. 2018 For more than an hour, Kern and Heifetz slice stipes and shuttle back and forth to offload totes of kelp to Hamilton aboard the Dial. Bethany Goodrich, Alaska Dispatch News, "Farming Alaska’s seas," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of stipe

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stipe

New Latin stipes, from Latin, tree trunk; akin to Latin stipare to press together — more at stiff

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The first known use of stipe was in 1785

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“Stipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stipe. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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