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stem

noun [C]  /stem/ us  

stem noun [C] (CENTRAL PART)

a central part of something from which other parts can develop or grow, or which forms a support The stem of a plant is the straight part that grows above the ground and from which leaves and flowers grow. The stem of a glass is the narrow, vertical part that supports the container into which you put liquid.

stem

verb [T]  /stem/ (-mm-) us  

stem verb [T] (STOP)

to stop something unwanted from spreading or increasing: The bank tried to stem the currency’s recent decline against the dollar.
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Translations of “stem”
in Korean 줄기, 대…
in Arabic ساق النَّبات…
in French tige, pied, étrave…
in Turkish sap…
in Italian stelo, gambo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 中心部分, 主幹, (植物的)幹,莖,梗,柄…
in Russian стебель…
in Polish łodyga, pień…
in Spanish tallo, pie, proa a popa…
in Portuguese talo…
in German der Stiel, der Steven…
in Catalan tija…
in Japanese (花の)茎…
in Chinese (Simplified) 中心部分, 主干, (植物的)干,茎,梗,柄…
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