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stipes

[stahy-peez]
noun, plural stip·i·tes [stip-i-teez] /ˈstɪp ɪˌtiz/.
  1. Zoology. the second joint in a maxilla of crustaceans and insects.
  2. Botany, Mycology. a stipe.
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Origin of stipes

1750–60; < Latin stīpes; see stipe

stipe

[stahyp]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. Zoology. a stemlike part, as a footstalk; stalk.
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Origin of stipe

1775–85; < French < Latin stīpes post, tree trunk or branch, log
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Examples from the Web for stipes

Historical Examples of stipes

  • The stipes or stalks of Laminaria cloustoni are used in surgery.

    Birds and Nature Vol. 11 No. 1 [January 1902]

    Various

  • The stipes is usually about the same length as the leafy portion.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

  • The stipes is about the same length as the leafy portion of the frond.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

  • The stipes is somewhat longer than the rachis, and it is of a whity-green colour.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin

  • The stipes is very short and it is of a brownish colour, with a few scales.

    How to Know the Ferns

    S. Leonard Bastin


British Dictionary definitions for stipes

stipes

noun plural stipites (ˈstɪpɪˌtiːz) zoology
  1. the second maxillary segment in insects and crustaceans
  2. the eyestalk of a crab or similar crustacean
  3. any similar stemlike structure
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Derived Formsstipiform (ˈstaɪpɪˌfɔːm) or stipitiform (ˈstɪpɪtɪˌfɔːm), adjective

Word Origin for stipes

C18: from Latin; see stipe

stipe

noun
  1. a stalk in plants that bears reproductive structures, esp the stalk bearing the cap of a mushroom
  2. the stalk that bears the leaflets of a fern or the thallus of a seaweed
  3. zoology any stalklike part; stipes
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Word Origin for stipe

C18: via French from Latin stīpes tree trunk; related to Latin stīpāre to pack closely; see stiff
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Word Origin and History for stipes

stipe

1785, from French stipe, from Latin stipes "log, post, tree trunk" (see stiff (adj.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stipes in Science

stipe

[stīp]
  1. 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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