lemma


1lem·ma

noun \ˈle-mə\
plural lemmas or lem·ma·ta \-mə-tə\

Definition of LEMMA

1
:  an auxiliary proposition used in the demonstration of another proposition
2
:  the argument or theme of a composition prefixed as a title or introduction; also :  the heading or theme of a comment or note on a text
3
:  a glossed word or phrase

Origin of LEMMA

Latin, from Greek lēmma thing taken, assumption, from lambanein to take — more at latch
First Known Use: 1570

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with LEMMA

2lemma

noun

Definition of LEMMA

:  the lower of the two bracts enclosing the flower in the spikelet of grasses

Origin of LEMMA

Greek, husk, from lepein to peel — more at leper
First Known Use: 1906

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

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