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1. Botany A long thin stem that usually grows horizontally along the ground and produces roots and shoots at widely spaced nodes, as in a strawberry plant. Also called runner.
2. Zoology A stemlike structure of certain colonial organisms from which new individuals arise by budding.
sto′lon·ate′ (-lə-nāt′) adj.
1. (Botany) a long horizontal stem, as of the currants, that grows along the surface of the soil and propagates by producing roots and shoots at the nodes or tip
2. (Zoology) a branching structure in lower animals, esp the anchoring rootlike part of colonial organisms, such as hydroids, on which the polyps are borne
[C17: from Latin stolō shoot]
1. a prostrate stem that grows along the ground and produces new plants from buds at its tip or nodes.
2. a rootlike extension of the body wall in a compound organism, as a bryozoan, usu. giving rise to new members by budding.
[1595–1605; < Latin stolōn-, s. of stolō shoot, sucker]
sto′lon•ate (-lə nɪt, -ˌneɪt) adj.