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[stem-uh] /ˈstɛm ə/
noun, plural stemmata
[stem-uh-tuh] /ˈstɛm ə tə/ (Show IPA)
ocellus (def 1).
Origin of stemma
1650-60; < New Latin < Greek stémma wreath, garland, derivative (with -ma noun suffix of result) from root of stéphos garland, stéphein to crown; from the crownlike appearance of ocelli in certain insects Unabridged
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  • Seeing that the boys were fascinated by the grandeur of Csarism, he rolled up the stemma.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • They are confirmed in this idea by the discovery of his stemma as a councillor of the English nation for the year 1600.

    William Harvey D'Arcy Powers
British Dictionary definitions for stemma


a family tree; pedigree
Word Origin
C19: via Latin from Greek stemma garland, wreath, from stephein to crown, wreathe
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