stirps

stirps

[sturps]
noun, plural stirpes [stur-peez] .
1.
a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent.
2.
Law. a person from whom a family is descended.
3.
Biology Now Rare. a family, superfamily, or permanent variety.

Origin:
1675–85; < Latin: rootstock, trunk

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stirp

[sturp]
noun Anthropology.
a line of descendants from a common ancestor.

Origin:
1495–1505; < Latin stirp-, stem of stirps stirps

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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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