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stalk

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[ stawk ]
/ stɔk /
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noun
the stem or main axis of a plant.
any slender supporting or connecting part of a plant, as the petiole of a leaf, the peduncle of a flower, or the funicle of an ovule.
a similar structural part of an animal.
a stem, shaft, or slender supporting part of anything.
Automotive. a slender lever, usually mounted on or near the steering wheel, that is used by the driver to control a signal or function: The horn button is on the turn-signal stalk.
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Origin of stalk

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First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English stalk(e), apparently equivalent to Old English stal(u) “stave” + -k diminutive suffix; akin to Norwegian dialect stalk, Swedish stjelk, Danish stilk

OTHER WORDS FROM stalk

stalklike, adjective

Other definitions for stalk (2 of 2)

stalk2
[ stawk ]
/ stɔk /

verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun
an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like: We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
a slow, stiff stride or gait.

Origin of stalk

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English verb stalken, representing the base of Old English bestealcian “to move stealthily”; akin to steal

OTHER WORDS FROM stalk

stalk·a·ble, adjectivestalker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stalk (1 of 2)

stalk1
/ (stɔːk) /

noun
the main stem of a herbaceous plant
any of various subsidiary plant stems, such as a leafstalk (petiole) or flower stalk (peduncle)
a slender supporting structure in animals such as crinoids and certain protozoans, coelenterates, and barnacles
any long slender supporting shaft or column

Derived forms of stalk

stalked, adjectivestalkless, adjectivestalklike, adjective

Word Origin for stalk

C14: probably a diminutive formed from Old English stalu upright piece of wood; related to Old Frisian staal handle

British Dictionary definitions for stalk (2 of 2)

stalk2
/ (stɔːk) /

verb
noun
the act of stalking
a stiff or threatening stride

Derived forms of stalk

stalker, noun

Word Origin for stalk

Old English bestealcian to walk stealthily; related to Middle Low German stolkeren, Danish stalke
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Medical definitions for stalk

stalk
[ stôk ]

n.
A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that connects or supports an organ.
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Scientific definitions for stalk

stalk
[ stôk ]

The main stem of a plant.
A slender structure that supports a plant part, such as a flower or leaf.
A slender supporting structure in certain other organisms, such as the reproductive structure in plasmodial slime molds or the part of a mushroom below the cap.
A slender supporting or connecting part of an animal, such as the eyestalk of a lobster.
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