ste·le (stēlē, stēl)
1. also ste·la (stēlə) pl. steles also ste·lae (-lē) An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface, used as a monument or as a commemorative tablet in the face of a building.
2. stele (stēl, stēlē) The primary vascular tissue in the stem or root of a vascular plant, consisting of the xylem and phloem together with supporting tissues, such as pith.
[Greek stēlē, pillar; see stel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
stelar (-lər) adj.
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