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noun pl. stemmata or stemmas
- family tree (sense )
- a record or diagram showing the connections between manuscripts of a given literary work
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noun pl. stem·ma·ta
- 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.