One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the stalk of a plant’
stem, shoot, trunk, stock, cane, bine, bent, haulm, straw, reed
branch, bough, twig
technical pedicel, peduncle, petiole, phyllode, scape, seta, stipe, caudex, axis
1‘he noticed a stoat stalking a rabbit’
creep up on, trail, follow, shadow, track down, go after, be after, dog, hound, course, hunt, pursue, chase, give chase to, run after
2‘without another word she turned and stalked out’
strut, stride, march, flounce, storm, stomp, sweep, swagger, prance
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