stirps definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. stirpes
- family or branch of a family
- Law the person from whom a family or branch of a family is descended
Origin: Classical Latin literally , a stalk, trunk, root ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ster-, rigid, stiff, stare
stirps definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. stir·pes
- A line of descendants of common ancestry; stock.
- Law A person from whom a family is descended.
Origin: Latin, stem, lineage.
stirps - Legal Definition
A branch of a family or of the family tree. See also per stirpes.