- a subsidiary proposition introduced in proving some other proposition; a helping theorem.
- an argument, theme, or subject, especially when indicated in a heading.
- a word or phrase that is glossed; headword.
Origin of lemma1
1560–70; < Latin: theme, title, epigram < Greek lêmma something received, premise, akin to lambánein to take, receive, take for granted
- a bract in a grass spikelet just below the pistil and stamens.
Origin of lemma2
1745–55; < Greek lémma shell, husk, akin to lépein to peel
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Related Wordsproposition, conjecture, inference, thesis, explanation, guess, supposition, assumption, rationale, theorem, premise, interpretation, axiom, conclusion, description, headline, label, caption, rubric, legend
- a subsidiary proposition, proved for use in the proof of another proposition
- linguistics a word considered as its citation form together with all the inflected forms. For example, the lemma go consists of go together with goes, going, went, and gone
- an argument or theme, esp when used as the subject or title of a composition
C16 (meaning: proposition), C17 (meaning: title, theme): via Latin from Greek: premise, from lambanein to take (for granted)
- the outer of two bracts surrounding each floret in a grass spikeletCompare palea
C19: from Greek: rind, from lepein to peel
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Word Origin and History for lemmata
1560s, first in mathematics, from Greek lemma (plural lemmata) "something received or taken; an argument; something taken for granted," from root of lambanein "to take" (see analemma).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The outer or lower of the two bracts enclosing one of the flowers within a grass spikelet.
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