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[stam-uh-nit, -neyt]
adjective Botany.
  1. having a stamen or stamens.
  2. having stamens but no pistils.
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Origin of staminate

First recorded in 1835–45; stamin- + -ate1
Related formsmul·ti·stam·i·nate, adjective
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Historical Examples of staminate

  • Only some of the trees have fruit, as some have only staminate flowers.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • Staminate flowers not sufficiently developed in the bud to be apparent.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • In some heads all the flowerets are staminate, in others hermaphrodite.

  • Staminate trees apparently do not occur in the United States.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • Unisexual, with staminate and pistillate flowers on different individuals.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

British Dictionary definitions for staminate


  1. (of plants) having stamens, esp having stamens but no carpels; male
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Word Origin for staminate

C19: from Latin stāminātus consisting of threads. See stamen, -ate 1
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staminate in Science


  1. Having stamens but no carpels. Male flowers are staminate.
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