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1. also ste·la (stē′lə) 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, stē′lē) 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.
ste′lar (-lər) adj.
n, pl stelae (ˈstiːliː) or steles (ˈstiːlɪz; stiːlz)Also called (for senses 1, 2): stela
1. (Archaeology) an upright stone slab or column decorated with figures or inscriptions, common in prehistoric times
2. (Architecture) a prepared vertical surface that has a commemorative inscription or design, esp one on the face of a building
[C19: from Greek stēlē; related to Greek histanai to stand, Latin stāre]
ste•le(ˈsti li, stil for 1-3; stil, ˈsti li for 4 )
n., pl. ste•lai (ˈsti laɪ) ste•les (ˈsti liz, stilz)
1. an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
2. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
3. the central cylinder of vascular tissue in the stems and roots of the higher plants.Also, stela (for defs. 1-3).
[1810–20; < Greek stḗlē, akin to Latin stāre to stand]
An upright stone slab or tablet, often decorated or carved with inscriptions, common in prehistoric times.
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|Noun||1.||stele - the usually cylindrical central vascular portion of the axis of a vascular plant|
vascular tissue - tissue that conducts water and nutrients through the plant body in higher plants
axis - the main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged
|2.||stele - an ancient upright stone slab bearing markings|
antiquity - an artifact surviving from the past
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"