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stirps

[ sturps ]
/ stɜrps /
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noun, plural stir·pes [stur-peez]. /ˈstɜr piz/.

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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Origin of stirps

1675–85; <Latin: rootstock, trunk
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stirps
/ (stɜːps) /

noun plural stirpes (ˈstɜːpiːz)

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

Word Origin for stirps

C17: from Latin: root, family origin
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