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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
the act of stalking
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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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