Definitions

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  • n. A line descended from a single ancestor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Stock; race; family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Stock; race; family.

Etymologies

Back-formation from stirps. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indeed, in the body and out of it, whether as reproductive cells set free, or in the developing embryo, they are regarded as forming one continuous homogeneity, in contrast to the differentiation of the body; and it is to these cells, regarded as a continuum, that the terms stirp, germ-plasm, are especially applied.

    Unconscious Memory

  • Nussbaum, Galton, Lankester, and, above all, Weismann, to the view that the germ-cells or "stirp" (Galton) were IN the body, but not OF it.

    Unconscious Memory

  • I've continued to maintain the roof with this product as I would have to find a way to stirp it if I were to switch to something else and that would probably polute my water even more.

    Rainwater harvesting

  • August 9, 2009 at 4:06 am kitteh alwais wins at stirp pokah! cept teh sfinx kittehs…dey not gud wit card gaems

    ALL IN! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • May 23, 2008 at 7:23 am saw funny comk stirp were hansel an gretl yoosed teh poyson bredcrums an followd teh trayl of ded brids home. morbid but funny.

    Slo Lerner Maze… - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Etymology: Latin exstirpatus, past participle of exstirpare, from ex - + stirp -, stirps trunk, root -- more at TORPID

    What we can get in Mexico

  • There must have been classes in which, unknown to themselves, the stirp of the nation survived; individuals who, aiming at twenty different things, managed, as a resultant, to carry up the army to the pitch in which I had known it and to lay a slow foundation for recovered vigour.

    On Something

  • Indeed it would be a serious mistake to believe that cosmopolitan catholicity is an ideal dower purely of Roman history, for which all the sons of Rome may congratulate themselves as of a thing doing honour only to their stirp.

    Characters and events of Roman History

  • Galton supposes the sexual elements in the offspring to be directly formed from the residue of the _stirp_ not used up in the development of the body of the parent -- Weismann's

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Still grows the vivacious lilac a generation after the door and lintel and the sill are gone, unfolding its sweet-scented flowers each spring, to be plucked by the musing traveller; planted and tended once by children's hands, in front-yard plots, -- now standing by wall-sides in retired pastures, and giving place to new-rising forests; -- the last of that stirp, sole survivor of that family.

    Walden, or Life in the woods

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  • Ooh! Like the stirps Romana

    December 5, 2008

  • The other group, including insects in which the primitive sting was replaced by the formic acid glands, represented the ancestral stirp of the sub-family Formicinæ, which is the dominant and most conspicuous of modern ant types throughout the world today.

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 23

    December 4, 2008