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Topic: GRAMMAR

Language: Old English
Origin: stefn, stemn

stem

1 noun
     
stem
stem1 [countable]
1HBP the long thin part of a plant, from which leaves, flowers, or fruit grow [= stalk]
2DFD the long thin part of a wine glass, vase etc, between the base and the wide top
3DFT the narrow tube of a pipe used to smoke tobacco
4

long-stemmed/short-stemmed etc

DFD having a long stem, a short stem etc:
long-stemmed wine glasses
5SLG the part of a word that stays the same when different endings are added to it, for example 'driv-' in 'driving'
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