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stamen

[stey-muh n]
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noun, plural sta·mens, stam·i·na [stam-uh-nuh] /ˈstæm ə nə/. Botany.
  1. the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther.
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Origin of stamen

1640–50; < Latin stāmen warp in upright loom, thread, filament, equivalent to stā(re) to stand + -men noun suffix; akin to Greek stḗmōn warp, Sanskrit sthāman place
Related formssta·mened, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stamen

Historical Examples

  • Why the notches of a fern leaf or the stamen of a water lily?

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • Pollen: the powdery substance borne by the stamen of the flower.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Well, then, does every male animal have a stamen and every female an ovary?

    Every Girl's Book

    George F. Butler

  • But, mamma, I thought that all living beings were obliged to have a stamen or an ovary!

    Every Girl's Book

    George F. Butler

  • Sometimes the stamen has no filament, and the anther is then said to be sessile.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux


British Dictionary definitions for stamen

stamen

noun plural stamens or stamina (ˈstæmɪnə)
  1. the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk (filament) bearing an anther in which pollen is produced
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Derived Formsstaminal (ˈstæmɪnəl), adjectivestaminiferous (ˌstæmɪˈnɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: the warp in an upright loom, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stamen

n.

"pollen-bearing organ of a flower," 1660s, from Modern Latin (1625, Spigelus), from Latin stamen "stamen" (Pliny), literally "thread of the warp" in the upright loom (related to stare "to stand"), from PIE *sta-men- (cf. Greek stemon "warp," also used by Hesychius for some part of a plant, Gothic stoma, Sanskrit sthaman "place," also "strength"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stamen in Science

stamen

[stāmən]
Plural stamens stamina (stāmə-nə, stămə-)
  1. The male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and a pollen-bearing anther at its tip. See more at anther flower.
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stamen in Culture

stamen

[(stay-muhn)]

The organ of a flower on which the pollen grows.

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