Definition of stipes in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstīpēz/

noun (plural stipites /ˈstipəˌtēz/)

1A part or organ resembling a stalk, especially the second joint of the maxilla of an insect.
Example sentences
  • Thrips mouthparts comprise a mouthcone, consisting of the labrum, labium, a pair of maxillary stipites and laciniae (the latter, so-called ‘stylets’), and another stylet that is a slender left mandible.
  • Large, subrounded to subrectangular features seen on the latex molds probably represent the mandibular cardines and/or stipites.
  • The more diverse DDO clades, which were entirely wiped out, included a broad range of colony sizes-some very robust forms as well as others with complex branching and long stipes, but also many species with quite diminutive colonies.
1.1 Botany more technical term for stipe.
Example sentences
  • Reclined rhabdosomes are ones in which the stipes are inclined upwards, and those in which the stipes have joined to form a linear structure are termed scandent.
  • Also all these species have Type 2 pollinaria, which are devoid of stipes.
  • The dst1-1 mutant regularly developed mature fruiting bodies at the top of dark stipes after a prolonged cultivation.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'log, tree trunk'.

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Syllabification: sti·pes

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