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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stemma:


Definition of the noun stemma

What does stemma mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: stemmas

  1. a tree diagram showing a reconstruction of the transmission of manuscripts of a literary work
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic terms: tree / tree diagram = a figure that branches from a single root
  2. the descendants of one individual
  3. an eye having a single lens
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of stemma: ocellus / simple eye
    • more generic words: eye / oculus / optic = the organ of sight
    • more specific word: ommatidium = any of the numerous small cone-shaped eyes that make up the compound eyes of some arthropods

Alternative definition of the noun stemma


  1. A family tree or recorded genealogy
  2. In the study of stemmatics, a diagram showing the relationship of a text to its manuscripts
  3. One of the types of simple eyes in arthropods

Phrases with stemma

  1. Genus Stemma
  2. Astyris Stemma
  3. Mitrella stemma
  4. Species Astyris Stemma
  5. Austrolimnophila Stemma
  6. species Mitrella stemma
  7. Species Austrolimnophila Stemma

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for stemma

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Google previewBeyond the Score (2014)

Music as Performance by Nicholas Cook

Like a family tree, the stemma is a representation in which time flows from top to bottom. It seeks to reconstruct the paths of transmission between the surviving texts of a given work. The original autograph, which often no longer exists, is placed ...

Google previewTextual Scholarship and the Material Book (2007)

by Wim Van Mierlo

Even though a stemma is a historical tool it is only able to depict one of the historical dimensions of the tradition, as it presents a model of linear evolution that leaves out all synchronic complexity. Contamination, eclecticism and other kinds of ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of the Book (2016)

A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others by Sidney E. Berger

The stemma is a chart showing the genealogical relationships among manuscript or printed exemplars (q.v.). For example, an author writes a text in manuscript ( the “archetype”). It is copied by two scribes (A and B), each entering readings that ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology (2008)

1450 to 2000 by Peter Beal

If the archetypal text no longer survives, but is postulated hypothetically in a stemma (see stemma), it is usually represented by an italic capital such as X. archive Archives, in the plural, are historical records and documents and, for the most ...

Google previewAncestry's Concise Genealogical Dictionary (1989)

by Maurine Harris, Glen Harris

stemma: (Lat.) [also stemma gentile] pedigree. stevedore: a workman employed either as overseer or laborer in loading ...

Google previewSimon of Genoa's Medical Lexicon (2013)

by Barbara Zipser

Stemma showing the relations between the mainstream manuscripts of the Latin Alexander (and v1 and u of the secondary tradition). (Probable or certain use of an accessory model is indicated in [blue], possible but uncertain use in [red].

Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)

(Old Norse, stemma = to stop.) To stop or restrict movement or progress. Stemmed; Stemming; Stems. STEM MOTHER A wingless, parthenogenetic, viviparous female aphid that arises from an overwintering egg. See Fundatrix.

Google previewLexicon Philologicum præcipue etymologicum et sacrum, in quo Latinæ et a Latinis auctoribus usurpatæ ... voces ex originibus declarantur ... Editio altera ... locupletior, etc (1655)

Papias: Stemma corona,generis nobilitas, genealogia,generationi eomputatio vel filum, quoligabanturfacerdotum capita pro corona, stemmata ornamentaregalia velfigna generofitatis. Cath. Stemma nobilitas velordoimaginum nobilium, ...

Google previewAn Analytical Dictionary of the English Language (1835)

In which the Words are Explained in the Order of Their Natural Affinity, Independent of Alphabetical Arrangement; and the Signification of Each is Traced from Its Etymology ... to which are Added, an Introduction, Containing a New Grammar of the Language, and an Alphabetical Index, for the Ease of Consultation by David Booth

The English STEM and Latin stemma, the Stock or Stalk of a plant or tree, have been usually derived from the Greek stemma, a Garland or Crown; but, if so, it would seem that the denomination might have been more applicable to the ...

Google previewAn Analytical Dictionary of the English Language in which the words are explained in the order of their natural affinity, independent of alphabetical arrangement, and the signification of each is traced from its etymology ... To which are added, an introduction, containing a new grammar of the language, and an alphabetical index, etc (1835)

by David BOOTH (Author of the Analytical Dictionary.)

The English S'rsm and Latin stemma, the Stock or Stalk of a plant or tree, have been usually derived from the Greek stemma, a Garland or Crown ; but, if so, it would seem that the denomination might have been more applicable to the ...

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Stemma Meaning

Video shows what stemma means. A family tree or recorded genealogy. In the study of stemmatics, a diagram showing the relationship of a text to its ...

Scrabble value of S1T1E1M3M3A1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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