noun, plural stirpes [stur-peez] .
a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent.
Law. a person from whom a family is descended.
Biology Now Rare. a family, superfamily, or permanent variety.

1675–85; < Latin: rootstock, trunk Unabridged

per stirpes

[pur stur-peez, per] .
noun Law.
pertaining to or noting a method of dividing an estate in which the descendants of a deceased person share as a group in the portion of the estate to which the deceased would have been entitled. Compare per capita ( def 2 ).

1675–85; < Latin per stirpēs literally, by stocks Unabridged
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stirps (stɜːps)
n , pl stirpes
1.  genealogy a line of descendants from an ancestor; stock or strain
2.  botany a race or variety, esp one in which the characters are maintained by cultivation
[C17: from Latin: root, family origin]

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In a per stirpes distribution, the heirs in the same generation may receive different amounts.
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