- a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent.
- Law. a person from whom a family is descended.
- Biology Now Rare. a family, superfamily, or permanent variety.
Origin of stirps
1675–85; < Latin: rootstock, trunk
[pur stur-peez, per]
- pertaining to or noting a method of dividing an estate in which the descendants of a deceased person share as a group in the portion of the estate to which the deceased would have been entitled.
Compare per capita(def 2).
Origin of per stirpes
First recorded in 1675–85, per stirpes is from the Latin word per stirpēs literally, by stocks
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Examples from the Web for stirpes
These subtribes are both further resolvable into two or more races (Stirpes).An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
- genealogy a line of descendants from an ancestor; stock or strain
- botany a race or variety, esp one in which the characters are maintained by cultivation
C17: from Latin: root, family origin
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Word Origin and History for stirpes
plural of stirps, Latin, literally "stem, stalk."
Latin, "by families, by stocks;" in legal use, for inheritances, etc., opposed to per capita.
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