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noun,plural stir·pes [stur-peez]. /ˈstɜr piz/.
  1. a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent.

  2. Law. a person from whom a family is descended.

  1. Biology Now Rare. a family, superfamily, or permanent variety.

Origin of stirps

1675–85; <Latin: rootstock, trunk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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/ (stɜːps) /

nounplural stirpes (ˈstɜːpiːz)
  1. genealogy a line of descendants from an ancestor; stock or strain

  2. botany a race or variety, esp one in which the characters are maintained by cultivation

Origin of stirps

C17: from Latin: root, family origin

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