[ stoh-luh n ]
/ ˈstoʊ lən /


Botany. a prostrate stem, at or just below the surface of the ground, that produces new plants from buds at its tips or nodes.
Zoology. a rootlike extension of the body wall in a compound organism, as a bryozoan, usually giving rise to new members by budding.

Origin of stolon

1595–1605; < Latin stolōn- (stem of stolō) branch, shoot, twig


sto·lon·ic [stoh-lon-ik] /stoʊˈlɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stolon

/ (ˈstəʊlən) /


a long horizontal stem, as of the currants, that grows along the surface of the soil and propagates by producing roots and shoots at the nodes or tip
a branching structure in lower animals, esp the anchoring rootlike part of colonial organisms, such as hydroids, on which the polyps are borne

Derived forms of stolon

stoloniferous (ˌstəʊləˈnɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for stolon

C17: from Latin stolō shoot
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Science definitions for stolon

[ stōlŏn′ ]

Botany See runner.
Zoology A stemlike structure of certain colonial organisms, such as hydroids, from which new individuals arise by budding.
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