Are bole, stem and trunk exactly equal?
Or is there any difference in their usage? Like if one just refer to the main part and other includes the branches, stalk, etc.
Looking on dictionary.com, bole and trunk seem to be the same:
- The main stem of a tree, as distinct from the branches and roots.
- The stem or trunk of a tree.
But stem seems to involve trunk/bole, the branches and the stalks supporting the fruits:
- The ascending axis of a plant, whether above or below ground, which ordinarily grows in an opposite direction to the root or descending axis.
- The stalk that supports a leaf, flower, or fruit.
- The main body of that portion of a tree, shrub, or other plant which is above ground; trunk; stalk.
What is a little confusing is that bole also means stem, so I asked here to put the kibosh on it.