stemma definition by Webster's New World
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- stemmatic adjective
stemma definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. stem·ma·ta or stem·mas
- A scroll recording the genealogy of an ancient Roman family; a family tree.
- The genealogy of the manuscripts of a literary work.
- A small, circular, simple eye present in various insect larvae.
Origin: Latin stemma, stemmat-, from Greek, garland, from stephein, to encircle.