- Zoology. the second joint in a maxilla of crustaceans and insects.
- Botany, Mycology. a stipe.
Origin of stipes
1750–60; < Latin stīpes; see stipe
- 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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Examples from the Web for stipes
The stipes or stalks of Laminaria cloustoni are used in surgery.
The stipes is usually about the same length as the leafy portion.
The stipes is about the same length as the leafy portion of the frond.
The stipes is somewhat longer than the rachis, and it is of a whity-green colour.
The stipes is very short and it is of a brownish colour, with a few scales.
- the second maxillary segment in insects and crustaceans
- the eyestalk of a crab or similar crustacean
- any similar stemlike structure
C18: from Latin; see stipe
- 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 stipes
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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