Sta"men (?), n.; pl. E. Stamens (#) (used only in the second sense); L. Stamina (#) (in the first sense). [L. stamen the warp, a thread, fiber, akin to Gr. the warp, fr. to stand, akin to E. stand. See Stand, and cf. Stamin, Stamina.]
A thread; especially, a warp thread.
2. (pl. Stamens, rarely Stamina.) Bot.
The male organ of flowers for secreting and furnishing the pollen or fecundating dust. It consists of the anther and filament.
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