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stemma

[stem-uh] /ˈstɛm ə/
noun, plural stemmata
[stem-uh-tuh] /ˈstɛm ə tə/ (Show IPA)
1.
ocellus (def 1).
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Neo-Latin < Greek stémma wreath, garland, derivative (with -ma noun suffix of result) from root of stéphos garland, stéphein to crown; from the crownlike appearance of ocelli in certain insects
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Examples for stemma
  • His stemma and cipher are there in the center of the ceiling, simply and strikingly.
British Dictionary definitions for stemma

stemma

/ˈstɛmə/
noun
1.
a family tree; pedigree
Word Origin
C19: via Latin from Greek stemma garland, wreath, from stephein to crown, wreathe
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