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English definition of “stem”

stem

noun [C] (CENTRAL PART)    /stem/
a central part of something from which other parts can develop or grow, or which forms a supportPhysical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams the stick-like central part of a plant that grows above the ground and from which leaves and flowers grow, or a smaller thin part that grows from the central part and supports the leaves and flowers: flower stemsParts of plants the vertical part of a glass or similar container which supports the part into which you put liquid: Champagne glasses usually have long stems.Dishes, bowls, cups and glasses
(Definition of stem noun (CENTRAL PART) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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