stip·​ule | \ ˈsti-(ˌ)pyül How to pronounce stipule (audio) \

Definition of stipule

: 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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First Known Use of stipule

circa 1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stipule

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

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“Stipule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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