A stalk is a long, vertical stem or connecting part of a plant. When you eat celery, do you like the inner stalks, which are paler and more tender, or the tough outer ones?

As a verb, stalk means to walk stiffly or angrily. If someone insults you, you might stalk from the room and refuse to listen to another word. When hunting, an animal stalks its prey — it follows its quarry stealthily until it's time to pounce. Similarly, if a person stalks you, they follow and watch you. It is very threatening and frightening to the one who is being stalked, and the police should be called.

Primary Meanings of stalk

a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
a stiff or threatening gait
walk stiffly
Full Definitions of stalk

n a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

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the stalk of a pistil that raises it above the receptacle
a slender stalk that furnishes an axis for a carpel
corn stalk, cornstalk
the stalk of a corn plant
the stalk of a stamen
funicle, funiculus
the stalk of a plant ovule or seed
the stalk of a leaflet
a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
stalk bearing one or more sporangia
cutting, slip
a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage
rhizome, rootstalk, rootstock
a horizontal plant stem with shoots above and roots below serving as a reproductive structure
the main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged
woody stem of palms and tree ferns
stem of a bean plant
cladode, cladophyll, phylloclad, phylloclade
a flattened stem resembling and functioning as a leaf
caudex, stock
persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant
supporting stalk or stem-like structure especially of a pistil or fern frond or supporting a mushroom cap
flower stalk, scape
erect leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground as in a tulip
leafstalk, petiole
the slender stem that supports the blade of a leaf
a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure
solid swollen underground bulb-shaped stem or stem base and serving as a reproductive structure
a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
stem of plants of the Gramineae
halm, haulm
stems of beans and peas and potatoes and grasses collectively as used for thatching and bedding
bole, tree trunk, trunk
the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
water chestnut
edible bulbous tuber of a Chinese marsh plant
groundnut, potato bean, wild bean
nutlike tuber; important food of Native Americans
Jerusalem artichoke
edible tuber of the Jerusalem artichoke
edible tuber of any of several yams
sugar cane, sugarcane
juicy canes whose sap is a source of molasses and commercial sugar; fresh canes are sometimes chewed for the juice
rattan, rattan cane
the stem of various climbing palms of the genus Calamus and related genera used to make wickerwork and furniture and canes
stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles
the bulb of an onion plant
aggregate bulb of the multiplier onion
bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant
cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines
axis of a compound leaf or compound inflorescence
an expanded petiole taking on the function of a leaf blade
stalk bearing an inflorescence or solitary flower
the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe
bulbil, bulblet
small bulb or bulb-shaped growth arising from the leaf axil or in the place of flowers
a branch or a part of a tree that is dead
limb, tree branch
any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
branchlet, sprig, twig
a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
Type of:
plant organ
a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus

n material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

chaff, husk, shuck, straw, stubble
broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting
Type of:
plant material, plant substance
material derived from plants

n a stiff or threatening gait

angry walk
Type of:
a person's manner of walking

n a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush

stalking, still hunt
stalking deer
Type of:
hunt, hunting
the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts

n the act of following prey stealthily

Type of:
chase, following, pursual, pursuit
the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

v walk stiffly

Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

“her ex-boyfriend stalked her”
Type of:
follow, pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit

v go through (an area) in search of prey

stalk the woods for deer”
Type of:
follow, pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit

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