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[stoh-luh n] /ˈstoʊ lən/
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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[stoh-lon-ik] /stoʊˈlɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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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
Derived Forms
stoloniferous (ˌstəʊləˈnɪfərəs) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stolō shoot
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Word Origin and History for stolon

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

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stolon in Science
  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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