stamina

[17] Etymologically, stamina is the plural of stamen ‘male reproductive part of a flower’ [17]. The ultimate source of both is Latin stāmen ‘thread of woven cloth’, which went back to Indo-European *stāmen-, a derivative of the base *stā- ‘stand’ (source also of English stand). The application to the plant-part appears to go back to the Roman naturalist Pliny, who used stāmen for the stamens of a sort of lily, which resembled threads of cloth. The Latin plural stāmina was borrowed into English in the metaphorical sense ‘threads of human life, vital capacities’, and by the 18th century it had broadened out to ‘vigour’. => STAMEN, STAND
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   The word that now means 'enduring energy and strength' represents the identical Latin word that is the plural form of stamen, 'thread.' The concept is either of threads woven together to give added strength, or of the threads of life that were spun by the Fates in classical mythology.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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