Webster 1913 Edition
(-mĕnz)(used only in the second sense); L.
(stăm′ĭ-nȧ)(in the first sense).
A thread; especially, a warp thread.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In a general sense, usually in the plural, the fixed, firm part of a body, which supports it or gives it its strength and solidity. Thus we say, the bones are the stamina of animal bodies; the ligneous parts of trees are the stamina which constitute their strength. Hence,
2.Whatever constitutes the principal strength or support of any thing; as the stamina of a constitution or of life; the stamina of a stage.
3.In botany, an organ of flowers for the preparation of the pollen or fecundating dust. It consists of the filament and the anther. It is considered as the male organ of fructification.