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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: 'mark, mark burned on the skin', from Greek, from stizein 'to tattoo'

stigma

noun
     
stig‧ma
1 [countable usually singular, uncountable] a strong feeling in society that being in a particular situation or having a particular illness is something to be ashamed of
the stigma of alcoholism/mental illness etc
The stigma of alcoholism makes it difficult to treat.
There is a social stigma attached to single parenthood.
In the US, smoking carries a stigma.
2 [countable] technicalHBP the top of the centre part of a flower that receives the pollen which allows it to form new seeds
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