- 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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Examples from the Web for stipules
Leaves but little or not at all heart-shaped; stipules linear-lanceolate.
Most Willows show the stipules on the young luxuriant growths.
Even if the stipules have dropped off, the small scars remain.
The presence and character of the stipules should always be noted.
Its stipules are large, narrow-oval in form, with an arrow-shaped base.
- a small paired usually leaflike outgrowth occurring at the base of a leaf or its stalk
C18: from Latin; see stipe, stipes
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Word Origin and History for stipules
"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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