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staminate

[stam-uh-nit, -neyt]
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adjective Botany.
  1. having a stamen or stamens.
  2. having stamens but no pistils.

Origin of staminate

First recorded in 1835–45; stamin- + -ate1
Related formsmul·ti·stam·i·nate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for staminate

Historical Examples

  • Only some of the trees have fruit, as some have only staminate flowers.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • Staminate flowers not sufficiently developed in the bud to be apparent.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • In some heads all the flowerets are staminate, in others hermaphrodite.

  • Staminate trees apparently do not occur in the United States.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • Unisexual, with staminate and pistillate flowers on different individuals.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis


British Dictionary definitions for staminate

staminate

adjective
  1. (of plants) having stamens, esp having stamens but no carpels; male

Word Origin

C19: from Latin stāminātus consisting of threads. See stamen, -ate 1
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staminate in Science

staminate

[stāmə-nĭt]
  1. Having stamens but no carpels. Male flowers are staminate.
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