noun \ˈste-mə\
plural stem·ma·ta \-mə-tə\

Definition of STEMMA

:  a simple eye present in some insects
:  a scroll (as among the ancient Romans) containing a genealogical list
:  a tree showing the relationships of the manuscripts of a literary work
stem·mat·ic \ste-ˈma-tik, stə-\ adjective

Origin of STEMMA

Latin, wreath, pedigree (from the wreaths placed on ancestral images), from Greek, wreath, from stephein to crown, enwreathe
First Known Use: 1826

Rhymes with STEMMA


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