One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in combination (of a plant) having a supporting stalk of a specified length or kind.‘a tall-stemmed plant’‘thick-stemmed flowers’‘long-stemmed strawberries’
- ‘Densely planted, stiff-stemmed species should be selected to trap sediment and protect water quality.’
- ‘Most won't succumb to stem rot as quickly as soft-stemmed perennials, but it can happen just the same.’
- ‘Occasionally a slight breeze rattles the thin-stemmed bushes and moves the tops of pine and spruce, but that is all.’
- ‘The height of the plants can vary from variety to variety, but the flowers are almost always produced in short-stemmed clusters.’
- ‘In the autumn, net-veined aster and hollow-stemmed goldenrod add flashes of white and yellow, respectively.’
2Having a long, thin supportive or main section.‘desserts served in stemmed glasses’in combination ‘men smoking long-stemmed pipes’
- ‘The burial chamber contained a short-stemmed lamp with tripod base.’
- ‘The glass-stemmed thermometers are simple to use.’
- ‘The cool elegance of the shapes, such as stemmed goblets, is matched by the smooth silvery-grey burnished surfaces.’
- ‘The vases are comparable in size and execution to the large undecorated stemmed bowl.’
- ‘The elegant hollow-stemmed champagne flutes are perfect for cocktails.’
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