from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of descendants of common ancestry; stock.
- n. Law A person from whom a family is descended.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A branch of a family.
- n. A progenitor of a branch of a family.
- n. A superfamily of animals or plants.
- n. Plural form of stirp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Stock; race; family.
- n. A race, or a fixed and permanent variety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Race; lineage; family; in law, the person from whom a family is descended. See per stirpes, under per.
- n. In zoology, a classificatory group of uncertain rank and no fixed position, by MacLeay made intermediate between a family and a tribe; a superfamily. Compare group, section, cohort, and phalanx.
- n. In botany, a race or permanent variety.
Weldon's extensive comparative field work on variation in populations of the common shore crab Carcinus moenas in Plymouth, England, and Naples, Italy, resulted in a series of landmark studies between 1893 and 1898, in which the two utilized Pearson's statistical methods to develop a new way of analyzing the inheritance of variation that made no a priori commitment to the causal agency of germ plasms, “stirps,” or pangens
Agricolae manu vulta stirps tam diuturna, quam quae poetae, versu seminari potest, no plant can grow so long as that which is ingenio sata, set and manured by those ever-living wits.
But for democracies, they need it not; and they are commonly more quiet, and less subject to sedition, than where there are stirps of nobles.
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Etymology: Latin exstirpatus, past participle of exstirpare, from ex - + stirp -, stirps trunk, root -- more at TORPID
He was a Jew and circumcised; for they have some few stirps of Jews yet remaining among them, whom they leave to their own religion.
Arabians, so as almost all nations of might and fame re sorted hither; of whom we have some stirps and little tribes with us at this day.
-- Ed.  ShJ+X+ Frutex, stirps; a shrub -- "cujus pulluli in summa tellure expatiantur," -- "whose shoots are spread abroad over the surface of the earth."
The Medicis (stirps quasi fataliter nata ad instauranda vel fovenda studia (Lipsius ad Germanos et Galles, Epist. viii.)) were illustrated by the patronage of learning; and enthusiasm was the most formidable weapon of their adversaries.
Borgia stirps: bos: atque Ceres transcendit Olympo,
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