- 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.
Origin of stalk1
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Historical Examples of stalklike
- 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
Word Origin for stalk
- to follow or approach (game, prey, etc) stealthily and quietly
- to pursue persistently and, sometimes, attack (a person with whom one is obsessed, often a celebrity)
- to spread over (a place) in a menacing or grim mannerfever stalked the camp
- (intr) to walk in a haughty, stiff, or threatening wayhe stalked out in disgust
- to search or draw (a piece of land) for prey
- the act of stalking
- a stiff or threatening stride
Word Origin for stalk
Word Origin and History for stalklike
"stem of a plant," early 14c., probably a diminutive (with -k suffix) of stale "one of the uprights of a ladder, handle, stalk," from Old English stalu "wooden part" (as of a harp), from Proto-Germanic *stalo; related to Old English steala "stalk, support," and steall "place" (see stall (n.1)).
"pursue stealthily," Old English -stealcian, as in bestealcian "to steal along," from Proto-Germanic *stalkojanan, probably from a frequentative of the root of steal (cf. hark from hear, talk from tell). Or it may be from a sense of stalk (v.1), influenced by stalk (n.). Meaning "harass obsessively" first recorded 1991. Related: Stalked; stalking.
A stalking-horse was literally a horse trained to allow a fowler to conceal himself behind it to get within range of the game; figurative sense of "person who participates in a proceeding to disguise its real purpose" is recorded from 1610s.
- A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that connects or supports an organ.
- 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.