[stee-lee, steel for 1–3; steel, stee-lee for 4]
noun, plural ste·lai [stee-lahy] /ˈsti laɪ/, ste·les [stee-leez, steelz] /ˈsti liz, stilz/.
an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
Architecture. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
(in ancient Rome) a burial stone.
Botany. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.
Also stela (for defs 1–3).
Origin of stele
1810–20; < Greek stḗlē, akin to histánai to make stand, Latin stāre to stand
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noun plural stelae (ˈstiːliː) or steles (ˈstiːlɪz, stiːlz)
an upright stone slab or column decorated with figures or inscriptions, common in prehistoric times
a prepared vertical surface that has a commemorative inscription or design, esp one on the face of a building
Also called (for senses 1, 2): stela (ˈstiːlə)
Word Origin for stele
C19: from Greek stēlē; related to Greek histanai to stand, Latin stāre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"upright slab," usually inscribed, 1820, from Greek stele "standing block, slab," from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The central core of primary vascular tissues in the stem or root of a vascular plant, consisting of xylem and phloem together with pith.
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