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[stam-uh-nit, -neyt] /ˈstæm ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
adjective, Botany.
having a stamen or stamens.
having stamens but no pistils.
Origin of staminate
First recorded in 1835-45; stamin- + -ate1
Related forms
multistaminate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for staminate
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  • Only some of the trees have fruit, as some have only staminate flowers.

  • 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
  • Unisexual, with staminate and pistillate flowers on the same individual.

    Michigan Trees Charles Herbert Otis
  • The staminate and pistillate flowers are usually on different trees.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.
  • Polygamous, when the flowers are some of them perfect, and some staminate or pistillate only.

  • Fig. 231, staminate, and 232, pistillate flower of Moonseed.

  • A blossom having stamens and no pistil is a staminate or Male flower.

British Dictionary definitions for staminate


/ˈstæmɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt/
(of plants) having stamens, esp having stamens but no carpels; male
Word Origin
C19: from Latin stāminātus consisting of threads. See stamen, -ate1
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staminate in Science
Having stamens but no carpels. Male flowers are staminate.
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