sto·​lon | \ ˈstō-lən How to pronounce stolon (audio) , -ˌlän \

Definition of stolon

1a : a horizontal branch from the base of a plant that produces new plants from buds at its tip or nodes (as in the strawberry)

called also runner

b : a hypha (as of rhizopus) produced on the surface and connecting a group of conidiophores
2 : an extension of the body wall (as of a hydrozoan or bryozoan) that develops buds giving rise to new zooids which usually remain united by the stolon

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Examples of stolon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Warm-Season Grasses Bermudagrass has dark green pointed leaves and a vibrant root system of rhizomes and stolons that spread out both below and above the ground. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Popular Types of Lawn Grass," 19 Apr. 2020 The former spreads by stolons, the latter is a more obedient clumper. Washington Post, "How the National Arboretum got its ferns and became a civic treasure," 29 Oct. 2019 Adding too much nitrogen in the fertilizer, will make the plant produce leaves and stolons (runners with another plant on the end) and less flowers., "Thinking of planting strawberries in straw bales? Ask an Expert," 27 July 2019 Most mint plants spread rampantly, forming a thick mat of spreading stolons (creeping underground stems) just under the surface of the ground. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 Turf like creeping bentgrass and Kentucky bluegrass produce rhizomes and stolons., "The truth behind 6 gardening myths," 6 Mar. 2018 Al Shay, OSU Extension horticulturist Reality: Clippings don't cause thatch, thatch is caused by lateral growth of the grass – more specifically, by rhizomes, which are the below-ground lateral growth, and stolons, the above-ground lateral growth., "The truth behind 6 gardening myths," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stolon

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stolon

New Latin stolon-, stolo, from Latin, branch, sucker; akin to Old English stela stalk, Armenian stełn branch

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“Stolon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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