pl. stem′mata or stem′mas
- family tree (sense )
- a record or diagram showing the connections between manuscripts of a given literary work
Origin of stemmaClassical Latin ; from Gr, garland, wreath ; from stephein, to crown: see stephanotis
nounpl. stem·ma·ta or stem·mas
- A scroll recording the genealogy of an ancient Roman family; a family tree.
- A record or diagram showing the relationships of the manuscripts of a literary work.
- A simple eye present in certain insect larvae.
Origin of stemmaLatin stemma, stemmat-, from Greek, garland, from stephein, to encircle.