# lemma

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[lem-uh]

## Origin of lemma

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1560–70; < Latin: theme, title, epigram < Greek lêmma something received, premise, akin to lambánein to take, receive, take for granted

## lemma

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[lem-uh]

## Origin of lemma

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1745–55; < Greek lémma shell, husk, akin to lépein to peel

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## Related Words for lemma

proposition, conjecture, inference, thesis, explanation, guess, supposition, assumption, rationale, theorem, premise, interpretation, axiom, conclusion, description, headline, label, caption, rubric, legend## Examples from the Web for lemma

### Historical Examples of lemma

The lemma in his note is Oratesque, the reading of Daniel Heinsius' edition.

His apparatus is the first to supply a lemma for each variant reading reported, and is clear and easy to read.

The method of exhaustion used, for the purpose of proof by reductio ad absurdum, the lemma proved in Eucl.

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## lemma

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## Word Origin for lemma

C16 (meaning: proposition), C17 (meaning: title, theme): via Latin from Greek: premise, from lambanein to take (for granted)

## lemma

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## Word Origin for lemma

C19: from Greek: rind, from lepein to peel

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## lemma

[lĕm′ə]

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