- Botany, Mycology. a stalk or slender support, as the petiole of a fern frond, the stem supporting the pileus of a mushroom, or a stalklike elongation of the receptacle of a flower.
- Zoology. a stemlike part, as a footstalk; stalk.
Origin of stipe
1775–85; < French < Latin stīpes post, tree trunk or branch, log
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Stipe short, weak, and slender, arising from a thin hypothallus.
Stipe long, erect, reddish-brown, arising from a thin hypothallus.
Distinguished by its short, dark, stipe and adherent spores.
The stipe is also different, more slender, smooth, and dark-colored.
Sori numerous, rather near the midvein, stipe and rachis lustrous brown.The Fern Lover's Companion
George Henry Tilton
- a stalk in plants that bears reproductive structures, esp the stalk bearing the cap of a mushroom
- the stalk that bears the leaflets of a fern or the thallus of a seaweed
- zoology any stalklike part; stipes
C18: via French from Latin stīpes tree trunk; related to Latin stīpāre to pack closely; see stiff
Word Origin and History for stipe
1785, from French stipe, from Latin stipes "log, post, tree trunk" (see stiff (adj.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A supporting stalk or stemlike structure, especially the stalk of a pistil, the petiole of a fern frond, or the stalk that supports the cap of a mushroom.
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