stemmata

stemma

[stem-uh]
noun, plural stemmata [stem-uh-tuh] .
ocellus ( def 1 ).

Origin:
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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stemma (ˈstɛmə)
 
n
a family tree; pedigree
 
[C19: via Latin from Greek stemma garland, wreath, from stephein to crown, wreathe]

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