- Botany. a prostrate stem, at or just below the surface of the ground, that produces new plants from buds at its tips or nodes.
- 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
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Stole, or Stolon, a trailing or reclined and rooting shoot, 40.The Elements of Botany
This stolon is divided into a series of lateral buds after the solitary asexual Salp has begun to lead an independent existence.
The stolon, like that in Salpa, contains a prolongation of the branchial sack.
On this stolon there develop two entirely different types of buds, lateral buds, dorsal median buds.
This stolon is simply the stalk by which each median bud was primitively attached to the stolon of the first asexual form.
- 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
- a branching structure in lower animals, esp the anchoring rootlike part of colonial organisms, such as hydroids, on which the polyps are borne
C17: from Latin stolō shoot
Word Origin and History for stolon
"a shoot, sucker," c.1600, from Latin stolonem (nominative stolo), cognate with Greek stele (see stele).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Botany See runner.
- Zoology A stemlike structure of certain colonial organisms, such as hydroids, from which new individuals arise by budding.
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