Stanzaic to Stark

(Stan*za"ic) a. Pertaining to, or consisting of, stanzas; as, a couplet in stanzaic form.

(Sta*pe"di*al) a. [LL. stapes stirrup.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to stapes.

(||Sta*pe"li*a) n. [NL. So named after John Bodæus a Stapel, a physician of Amsterdam.] (Bot.) An extensive and curious genus of African plants of the natural order Asclepiadaceæ They are succulent plants without leaves, frequently covered with dark tubercles giving them a very grotesque appearance. The odor of the blossoms is like that of carrion.

(||Sta"pes) n. [LL., a stirrup.] (Anat.) The innermost of the ossicles of the ear; the stirrup, or stirrup bone; — so called from its form. See Illust. of Ear.

(Staph"y*line) a. [Gr. botryodial, from a bunch of grapes.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the uvula or the palate.

(Staph`y*li"nid) n. [Gr. a kind of insect.] (Zoöl.) Any rove beetle.

(||Staph`y*lo"ma) n. [L., fr. Gr. fr. a bunch of grapes.] (Med.) A protrusion of any part of the globe of the eye; as, a staphyloma of the cornea.

(Staph`y*lo"ma*tous) a. (Med.) Of or pertaining to staphyloma; affected with staphyloma.

(Staph"y*lo*plas`ty) n. [Gr. a bunch of grapes, also, the uvula when swollen at the lower end + - plasty.] (Surg.) The operation for restoring or replacing the soft palate when it has been lost. Dunglison.Staph`y*lo*plas"tic a.

(Staph`y*lor"a*phy, Staph`y*lor"rha*phy) n. [Gr. the uvula when swollen + to sew: cf. F. staphylorraphie.] The operation of uniting a cleft palate, consisting in paring and bringing together the edges of the cleft.Staph`y*lo*raph"ic Staph`y*lor*rhaph"ic a.

(Staph`y*lot"o*my) n. [Gr. the uvula when swollen + to cut.] (Surg.) The operation of removing a staphyloma by cutting.

(Sta"ple) n. [AS. stapul, stapol, stapel, a step, a prop, post, table, fr. stapan to step, go, raise; akin to D. stapel a pile, stocks, emporium, G. stapela heap, mart, stake, staffel step of a ladder, Sw. stapel, Dan. stabel, and E. step cf. OF. estaple a mart, F. étape. See Step.]

1. A settled mart; an emporium; a city or town to which merchants brought commodities for sale or exportation in bulk; a place for wholesale traffic.

The customs of Alexandria were very great, it having been the staple of the Indian trade.

For the increase of trade and the encouragement of the worthy burgesses of Woodstock, her majesty was minded to erect the town into a staple for wool.
Sir W. Scott.

In England, formerly, the king's staple was established in certain ports or towns, and certain goods could not be exported without being first brought to these places to be rated and charged with the duty payable of the king or the public. The principal commodities on which customs were lived were wool, skins, and leather; and these were originally the staple commodities.

2. Hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head.

Whitehall naturally became the chief staple of news. Whenever there was a rumor that any thing important had happened or was about to happen, people hastened thither to obtain intelligence from the fountain head.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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