stipule

[ stip-yool ]
/ ˈstɪp yul /

noun Botany.

one of a pair of lateral appendages, often leaflike, at the base of a leaf petiole in many plants.

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Origin of stipule

1785–95; < Latin stipula stalk, noun use of feminine of *stipulus firm (recorded in LL); akin to stipes

OTHER WORDS FROM stipule

stip·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stipules

stipule
/ (ˈstɪpjuːl) /

noun

a small paired usually leaflike outgrowth occurring at the base of a leaf or its stalk

Derived forms of stipule

stipular (ˈstɪpjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for stipule

C18: from Latin; see stipe, stipes
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Scientific definitions for stipules

stipule
[ stĭpyōōl ]

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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