Stalk borer(Zoöl.), the larva of a noctuid moth which bores in the stalks of the raspberry, strawberry, tomato, asters, and many other garden plants, often doing much injury.

(Stalk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stalked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stalking.] [AS. stælcan, stealcian to go slowly; cf. stels high, elevated, Dan. stalke to stalk; probably akin to 1st stalk.]

1. To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner; — sometimes used with a reflexive pronoun. Shak.

Into the chamber he stalked him full still.

[Bertran] stalks close behind her, like a witch's fiend,
Pressing to be employed.

2. To walk behind something as a screen, for the purpose of approaching game; to proceed under clover.

The king . . . crept under the shoulder of his led horse; . . . "I must stalk," said he.

One underneath his horse, to get a shoot doth stalk.

Stalely to Stammering

(Stale"ly), adv.

1. In a state stale manner.

2. Of old; long since. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Stale"mate`) n. (Chess) The position of the king when he can not move without being placed on check and there is no other piece which can be moved.

(Stale"mate`), v. t. (Chess) To subject to a stalemate; hence, to bring to a stand.

(Stale"ness), n. The quality or state of being stale.

(Stalk) n. [OE. stalke, fr. AS. stæl, stel, a stalk. See Stale a handle, Stall.]

1. (Bot.) (a) The stem or main axis of a plant; as, a stalk of wheat, rye, or oats; the stalks of maize or hemp. (b) The petiole, pedicel, or peduncle, of a plant.

2. That which resembes the stalk of a plant, as the stem of a quill. Grew.

3. (Arch.) An ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices spring.

4. One of the two upright pieces of a ladder. [Obs.]

To climd by the rungs and the stalks.

5. (Zoöl.) (a) A stem or peduncle, as of certain barnacles and crinoids. (b) The narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a hymenopterous insect. (c) The peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans.

6. (Founding) An iron bar with projections inserted in a core to strengthen it; a core arbor.

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