stele: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (stē'lē, stēl for 1–3 stēl, stē'lē for 4), [key]
— pl. ste•lai ste•les
  1. an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
  2. a prepared surface on the face of a building, a rock, etc., bearing an inscription or the like.
  3. (in ancient Rome) a burial stone.
  4. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.
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