Definition of stipes in US English:



  • 1A part or organ resembling a stalk, especially the second joint of the maxilla of an insect.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Large, subrounded to subrectangular features seen on the latex molds probably represent the mandibular cardines and/or stipites.’
    • ‘The stipites throughout the genus are conspicuously dilated for about half their length from the base upward, the other (apical) portion of them being comparatively very narrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Botany
      more technical term for stipe
      • ‘Dark stipes were harvested from cultures grown in the continuous darkness for 2 days after preincubation for 8 days under a 12 hr light / 12 hr dark regime.’
      • ‘Colonies in which the stipes and the thecal apertures are directed down from the sicula are termed pendent, while those in which the stipes are at right angles to the sicula are termed horizontal.’
      • ‘Also all these species have Type 2 pollinaria, which are devoid of stipes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.