stelar /stee"leuhr/, adj.
/stee"lee, steel/ for 1-3; /steel, stee"lee/ for 4, n., pl. stelai /stee"luy/, steles /stee"leez, steelz/.
1. an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument, marker, or the like.
2. Archit. 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. Bot. the central cylinder or cylinders of vascular and related tissue in the stem, root, petiole, leaf, etc., of the higher plants.
Also, stela (for defs. 1-3).
[1810-20; < Gk stéle, akin to histánai to make stand, L stare to STAND]

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Standing stone tablet used in the ancient world primarily as a grave marker but also for dedication, commemoration, and demarcation.

Though the stele's origin is unknown, a stone slab was commonly used as a tombstone in Egypt, Greece, Asia, and the Mayan empire. In Babylon, the Code of Hammurabi was engraved on a tall stele. The largest number of stelae were produced in Attica, chiefly as grave markers. The dead were represented on the stelae as they were in life: men as warriors or athletes, women surrounded by their children, and children with their pets or toys.

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