- one of a pair of lateral appendages, often leaflike, at the base of a leaf petiole in many plants.
Origin of stipule
1785–95; < Latin stipula stalk, noun use of feminine of *stipulus firm (recorded in LL); akin to stipes
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- a small paired usually leaflike outgrowth occurring at the base of a leaf or its stalk
C18: from Latin; see stipe, stipes
Word Origin and History for stipule
"small appendage at the base of the petiole of a leaf," 1793, from French stipule, from Latin stipula "stalk (of hay), straw."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One of the usually small, paired parts resembling leaves at the base of a leafstalk in certain plants, such as roses and beans.
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