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

Origin of stirps

1675–85; < Latin: rootstock, trunk


noun Anthropology.
  1. a line of descendants from a common ancestor.

Origin of stirp

1495–1505; < Latin stirp-, stem of stirps stirps Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural 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

Word Origin for stirps

C17: from Latin: root, family origin
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