[ stahy-puh l ]
/ ˈstaɪ pəl /

noun Botany.

a secondary stipule situated at the base of a leaflet of a compound leaf.

Origin of stipel

1815–25; < New Latin stipella, for Latin stipula (see stipule), with -ella replacing -ula -ule

Related forms

sti·pel·late [stahy-pel-it, -eyt, stahy-puh-lit, -leyt] /staɪˈpɛl ɪt, -eɪt, ˈstaɪ pə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stipel

  • In the normal leaf of this plant there is between the bases of the pinnæ, a small reddish gland or stipel?

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for stipel


/ (ˈstaɪpəl) /


a small paired leaflike structure at the base of certain leaflets; secondary stipule

Derived Forms

stipellate (staɪˈpɛlɪt, -eɪt), adjective

Word Origin for stipel

C19: via New Latin from Latin stipula, diminutive of stīpes a log
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