stip·​ule ˈsti-(ˌ)pyül How to pronounce stipule (audio)
: either of a pair of small, usually leaflike appendages borne at the base of the petiole in many plants

Examples of stipule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove the lower leaves, any flaky stipules on the stem and blossoms. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 7 Apr. 2017

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Word History


New Latin stipula, from Latin, stalk; akin to Latin stipes tree trunk

First Known Use

circa 1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stipule was circa 1793

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“Stipule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


stip·​ule ˈstip-yü(ə)l How to pronounce stipule (audio)
: either of a pair of small leaflike parts at the base of the petiole of a leaf in many plants see leaf illustration

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