noun stem·ma \ˈste-mə\

Definition of stemma



play \-mə-tə\
  1. 1 :  a simple eye present in some insects

  2. 2 :  a scroll (as among the ancient Romans) containing a genealogical list

  3. 3 :  a tree showing the relationships of the manuscripts of a literary work


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

First Known Use: 1826

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