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stolon

[stoh-luh n]
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noun
  1. Botany. a prostrate stem, at or just below the surface of the ground, that produces new plants from buds at its tips or nodes.
  2. Zoology. a rootlike extension of the body wall in a compound organism, as a bryozoan, usually giving rise to new members by budding.

Origin of stolon

1595–1605; < Latin stolōn- (stem of stolō) branch, shoot, twig
Related formssto·lon·ic [stoh-lon-ik] /stoʊˈlɒn ɪk/, adjective
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stolon

noun
  1. a long horizontal stem, as of the currants, that grows along the surface of the soil and propagates by producing roots and shoots at the nodes or tip
  2. a branching structure in lower animals, esp the anchoring rootlike part of colonial organisms, such as hydroids, on which the polyps are borne
Derived Formsstoloniferous (ˌstəʊləˈnɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin stolō shoot
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Word Origin and History for stolon

n.

"a shoot, sucker," c.1600, from Latin stolonem (nominative stolo), cognate with Greek stele (see stele).

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stolon in Science

stolon

[stōlŏn′]
  1. Botany See runner.
  2. Zoology A stemlike structure of certain colonial organisms, such as hydroids, from which new individuals arise by budding.
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