Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A line of descendants of common ancestry; stock.
  • noun Law A person from whom a family is descended.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Race; lineage; family; in law, the person from whom a family is descended. See per stirpes, under per.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In botany, a race or permanent variety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) Stock; race; family.
  • noun (Bot.) A race, or a fixed and permanent variety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A branch of a family.
  • noun A progenitor of a branch of a family.
  • noun zoology, botany A superfamily of animals or plants.
  • noun Plural form of stirp.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, stem, lineage.]

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From Latin stirps ("rootstock, stem").

Examples

  • 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

    Evolution

  • 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.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • August 31st, 2006 at 1: 36 am tooth whitening stirps says: tooth whitening stirps

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  • 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.

    The Essays

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

    What we can get in Mexico

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

    What we can get in Mexico

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

    What we can get in Mexico

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

    What we can get in Mexico

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

    What we can get in Mexico

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

    What we can get in Mexico

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