Etymology with a sprinkling of botany

To pay homage to the fact that today has been a day of relaxation, I will temporarily cease discussing the S.A.T. and will instead turn my attention to a minutely interesting pattern that I’ve noticed.

In English, one examines both the “roots” and the “stems” of words when conducting etymological endeavors.  In Czech, we look at the kmen, the trunk, of a given unit of language.  Why does everything relate to woody perennials?

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