Lemma Definition

lĕmə
lemmas, lemmata
noun
lemmas
A proposition proved, or sometimes assumed, to be true and used in proving a theorem.
Webster's New World
A theme, argument, or subject indicated in a title.
American Heritage
The subject of a composition, gloss, or note, esp. when used as a heading.
Webster's New World
A word or phrase treated in a glossary or similar listing.
American Heritage
A term glossed in a list.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
flowering glume
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Other Word Forms of Lemma

Noun

Singular:
lemma
Plural:
lemmas, lemmata

Origin of Lemma

  • From Ancient Greek λῆμμα (lēmma, “premise, assumption”), from λαμβάνω (lambanō, “I take”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin lēmma from Greek from lambanein to take

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek husk from lepein to peel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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