stalk 1 (stôk)
a. A stem or main axis of a herbaceous plant.
b. A stem or similar structure that supports a plant part such as a flower, flower cluster, or leaf.
2. A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that holds up an organ or another body part.
[Middle English, probably diminutive of stale, upright of a ladder, post, handle, from Old English stalu; see stel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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