sto·lon | \ˈstō-lən, -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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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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