stirps


stirps
/sterrps/, n., pl. stirpes /sterr"peez/.
1. a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent.
2. Law. a person from whom a family is descended.
3. Biol. Now Rare. a family, superfamily, or permanent variety.
[1675-85; < L: rootstock, trunk]

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Universalium. 2010.