from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A scroll recording the genealogy of an ancient Roman family; a family tree.
- n. The genealogy of the manuscripts of a literary work.
- n. A small, circular, simple eye present in various insect larvae.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A family tree or recorded genealogy
- n. In the study of stemmatics, a diagram showing the relationship of a text to its manuscripts
- n. One of the types of simple eyes in arthropods
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the ocelli of an insect. See ocellus.
- n. One of the facets of a compound eye of any arthropod.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A family tree, or pedigree; specifically, such a pedigree made more or less decorative with heraldic or other ornaments; also, pedigree in general; order of descent; family: as, a man of the stemma of the Cecils.
- n. The simple as distinguished from the compound eye of an invertebrate; an ocellus: always sessile and immovable.
- n. One of the facets or corneules of a compound eye.
- n. In entomology, the tubercle from which an antenna arises.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an eye having a single lens
- n. the descendants of one individual
- n. a tree diagram showing a reconstruction of the transmission of manuscripts of a literary work
Latin stemma, stemmat-, from Greek, garland, from stephein, to encircle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)