Definitions

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

Etymologies

New Latin stipula, from Latin, stalk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from stipula ("stalk (of hay), straw") (Wiktionary)

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  • stipule

    August 13, 2007

  • "A small leafy outgrowth at the base of a leaf or its stalk; usually occurring in pairs and soon shed"

    August 13, 2007