staminode definition by Webster's New World
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an abortive or sterile stamen
Origin: Modern Latin staminodium ; from stamen plush -odium: see -ode
staminode definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also stam·i·no·di·umnoun pl. stam·i·nodes also stam·i·no·di·a
A sterile stamen, sometimes resembling a petal, as in the canna.
Origin: New Latin stāminōdium, from Latin stāmen, stāmin-, thread; see stamen.