Lemma meaning

lĕmə
A subsidiary proposition assumed to be valid and used to demonstrate a principal proposition.
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A theme, argument, or subject indicated in a title.
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A word or phrase treated in a glossary or similar listing.
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The lower of the two bracts that enclose each floret in a grass spikelet.
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A proposition proved, or sometimes assumed, to be true and used in proving a theorem.
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The subject of a composition, gloss, or note, esp. when used as a heading.
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A term glossed in a list.
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The outer or lower of the two bracts or scales surrounding the flower of a grass.
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The lower of the two bracts that enclose each floret in a grass spikelet.
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The outer or lower of the two bracts enclosing one of the flowers within a grass spikelet.
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(mathematics) A proposition proved or accepted for immediate use in the proof of some other proposition.
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(linguistics, usually) The canonical form of an inflected word.
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(linguistics, less frequently) A lexeme; all the inflected forms of a term.
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(botany) One of the specialized bracts around the floret in grasses.
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Origin of lemma

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary