Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural sta·mens, stam·i·na . [ stam- uh-n uh] /ˈstæm ə nə/ . Botany the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther. Origin of stamen 1640–50;
warp in upright loom, thread, filament, equivalent to
noun suffix; akin to
Related forms sta·mened, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stamen Historical Examples Why the notches of a fern leaf or the stamen of a water lily? Pollen: the powdery substance borne by the stamen of the flower. Well, then, does every male animal have a stamen and every female an ovary? But, mamma, I thought that all living beings were obliged to have a stamen or an ovary! Sometimes the stamen has no filament, and the anther is then said to be sessile. British Dictionary definitions for stamen noun plural stamens or stamina ( ˈstæmɪnə) the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk (filament) bearing an anther in which pollen is produced Derived Forms staminal ( ˈstæmɪn), əl adjective staminiferous ( ˌstæmɪˈnɪfərəs), adjective Word Origin
C17: from Latin: the warp in an upright loom, from
stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stamen n.
"pollen-bearing organ of a flower," 1660s, from Modern Latin (1625, Spigelus), from Latin
stamen "stamen" (Pliny), literally "thread of the warp" in the upright loom (related to stare "to stand"), from PIE *sta-men- (cf. Greek stemon "warp," also used by Hesychius for some part of a plant, Gothic stoma, Sanskrit sthaman "place," also "strength"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
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Plural stamens stamina ( stā) ′mə-nə, stăm ′ə- The male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and a pollen-bearing anther at its tip. See more at anther flower.
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