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lemma

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noun lem·ma \ˈle-mə\

Definition of lemma

plural

lemmas

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lemmata

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  1. 1 :  an auxiliary proposition used in the demonstration of another proposition

  2. 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. 3 :  a glossed word or phrase

Origin and Etymology of lemma

Latin, from Greek lēmma thing taken, assumption, from lambanein to take — more at latch


First Known Use: 1570


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lemma

noun lem·ma

Definition of lemma

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

Origin and Etymology of lemma

Greek, husk, from lepein to peel — more at leper


First Known Use: 1906

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