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1615, in the meaning defined above
New Latin staped-, stapes, from Medieval Latin, stirrup, alteration of Late Latin stapia
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“Stapes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stapes. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.
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