[ sturps ]
/ stɜrps /
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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Definition for stirpes (2 of 2)
[ pur stur-peez, per ]
/ pɜr ˈstɜr piz, pər /
adjective, adverb Law.
pertaining to or noting a method of dividing an estate in which the descendants of a deceased person share as a group in the portion of the estate to which the deceased would have been entitled.
Compare per capita(def 2).
Origin of per stirpes
First recorded in 1675–85, per stirpes is from the Latin word per stirpēs literally, by stocks
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Example sentences from the Web for stirpes
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 stirpes
/ (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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