n. (probably from Dan. stilk; Sw. stjelk; Icel. stilker, a stalk) the stem or main axis of a plant, which supports the leaves, flowers, and fruit. Any lengthened support on which an organ grows, as the petiole of a leaf or the peduncle of a flower.
A short supporting axis of a plant, as between a stem and the base of a leaf, as between the root crown and the point where multiple branches diverge. Often used as equivalent of axis or branch or stem.