Definition of stalk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stɔːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːk//
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  1. 1 a thin stem that supports a leaf, flower or fruit and joins it to another part of the plant or tree; the main stem of a plant flowers on long stalks celery stalks He ate the apple, stalk and all.
  2. 2a long thin structure that supports something, especially an organ in some animals, and joins it on to another part Crabs have eyes on stalks.
  3. Word Originnoun Middle English: probably a diminutive of dialect stale ‘rung of a ladder, long handle’.
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