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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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of stemma

  • 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


  1. a family tree; pedigree

Word Origin for stemma

C19: via Latin from Greek stemma garland, wreath, from stephein to crown, wreathe
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