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.
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How to use stirps in a sentence
In the absence of these, equality ruled between individuals; they shared 'per capita,' and not 'per stirpes.'The English Village Community | Frederic Seebohm
Indeed we need not care whether the division per stirpes or per capita, our share is not the less in either case.Americanisms and Briticisms | Brander Matthews
He published Stirpes Nov, a splendid book, and was engaged in preparing a work on English plants.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
These subtribes are both further resolvable into two or more races (Stirpes).An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4) | William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for stirps
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
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