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stalk

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1. the main stem of a herbaceous plant
2. any of various subsidiary plant stems, such as a leafstalk (petiole) or flower stalk (peduncle)
3. a slender supporting structure in animals such as crinoids and certain protozoans, coelenterates, and barnacles

stalk

2
the act of stalking

cauliculus, caulicole

Any one of the ornamental stalks rising between the leaves of a Corinthian or Composite capital, from which the volutes spring.
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A stalklike structure with the texture of an underinflated basketball juts out of what looks like a giant head of the Chinese cabbage bok choy.
I had the intimate sensation of the earth in all its enormous expanse wrapped in snow, with nothing showing on it but trees with their straight stalklike trunks and their funeral verdure; and in this aspect of general mourning I seemed to hear the sighs of mankind falling to die in the midst of a nature without life.
I might have liked it anyway for that has comma; but what reverberated for me was the memory of how Agnes used to bend her limber, stalklike neck deeply down on a hot afternoon to lick my sweaty cheeks, and how on cold or stormy nights I often took shelter in her wagon.