from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the usually small, paired appendages at the base of a leafstalk in certain plants, such as roses and beans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Basal appendage of a typical leaf of a flowering plant, usually appearing paired beside the petiole although sometimes absent or highly modified.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An appendage at the base of petioles or leaves, usually somewhat resembling a small leaf in texture and appearance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: One of a pair of lateral appendages found at the base of the petiole of many leaves.
- n. In the Characeæ, one of certain unicellular tubes, of greater or less length, on the inner and outer sides of the socalled leaf.
- n. Same as paraphyllum .
- n. In ornithology, a newly sprouted feather; a pinfeather. Also stipula.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small leafy outgrowth at the base of a leaf or its stalk; usually occurring in pairs and soon shed
New Latin stipula, from Latin, stalk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from stipula ("stalk (of hay), straw") (Wiktionary)