Definition of stele in English:


Pronunciation /stēl/ /stil/ /ˈstēlē/ /ˈstili/


  • 1Botany
    The central core of the stem and root of a vascular plant, consisting of the vascular tissue (xylem and phloem) and associated supporting tissue.

    ‘All roots possessed a central stele of vascular tissues, surrounded by a few layers of cortical cells, and an outer layer of epidermis.’
    Also called vascular cylinder
    • ‘Cross-sections of the asparagus stem revealed a primary rind and the stele, the vascular tissue had a scattered bundle system, with closed collateral bundles.’
    • ‘Once inside the symplast, radial transport across the root to the central stele and, subsequently, unloading into the xylem are necessary for translocation to the shoot.’
    • ‘In shoots, epidermal tissue is said to be rate-limiting for organ elongation, whereas in roots the stele or other inner cell layers may be the growth-limiting tissue.’
    • ‘They suggested that ions would move directly from the pericycle to the xylem vessels, rather than through the internal stele tissues.’
  • 2Archaeology

    another term for stela

    ‘A few years ago one of the Taewongun's steles could still be seen on the grounds of the recently restored Kyongbok Palace in Seoul.’
    another term for stela
    • ‘What is uncertain, and is a critical caveat to the entire reconstruction, is that the top edge of the fragment is a portion of the top edge of the stele to which it belonged, as is maintained.’
    • ‘The decree ordering the assessment is a forceful document, and it and the assessments were inscribed on an imposing stele, set up on the Acropolis.’
    • ‘A unique stone stele was found in one of the mounds, similar in form and decoration to the picture-stones of Gotland.’
    • ‘The catalogue describes an obelisk and a stele brought back as symbols of imperial conquest.’


Early 19th century from Greek stēlē ‘standing block’.