[ stawk ]
/ stɔk /


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 stalk

1275–1325; Middle English stalke, apparently equivalent to Old English stal(u) stave + -k diminutive suffix


stalk·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stalklike

  • A stalklike structure, the optic nerve, connects the eye with the brain.

    A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
  • I have looked into your owlish eyes and watched you go flitting over the sand on your thin, stalklike legs?

    The Man the Martians Made|Frank Belknap Long

British Dictionary definitions for stalklike (1 of 2)

/ (stɔːk) /


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 stalklike (2 of 2)

/ (stɔːk) /



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 stalklike

[ stôk ]


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

[ 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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