stemma

noun stem·ma \ ˈste-mə \

Definition of stemma

plural stemmata play \-mə-tə\
1 :a simple eye present in some insects
2 :a scroll (as among the ancient Romans) containing a genealogical list
3 :a tree showing the relationships of the manuscripts of a literary work

stemmatic

play \ste-ˈma-tik, stə-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of stemma

Latin, wreath, pedigree (from the wreaths placed on ancestral images), from Greek, wreath, from stephein to crown, enwreathe


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