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Part of PlantPlay
Used to describe the main support of a plant, less common for trees. SlideShe carefully measured the stalk of the sunflower.
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Implies that the plant can support weight, like a flower's head. SlideThe stalk seemed strong enough to hold the heavy bloom.
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It sometimes refers to a part that can be eaten, as with celery. SlideChop the celery stalk into small pieces for the salad.