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n. pl. lem·mas or lem·ma·ta (lĕm′ə-tə)
1. A subsidiary proposition assumed to be valid and used to demonstrate a principal proposition.
2. A theme, argument, or subject indicated in a title.
3. A word or phrase treated in a glossary or similar listing.
[Latin lēmma, from Greek, from lambanein, to take.]
The lower of the two bracts that enclose each floret in a grass spikelet.
[Greek, husk, from lepein, to peel.]
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n, pl -mas or -mata (-mətə)
1. (Mathematics) a subsidiary proposition, proved for use in the proof of another proposition
2. (Linguistics) linguistics a word considered as its citation form together with all the inflected forms. For example, the lemma go consists of go together with goes, going, went, and gone
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an argument or theme, esp when used as the subject or title of a composition
[C16 (meaning: proposition), C17 (meaning: title, theme): via Latin from Greek: premise, from lambanein to take (for granted)]
n, pl -mas or -mata (-mətə)
(Botany) the outer of two bracts surrounding each floret in a grass spikelet. Compare palea
[C19: from Greek: rind, from lepein to peel]
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n., pl. lem•mas, lem•ma•ta (ˈlɛm ə tə)
1. a subsidiary proposition introduced in proving some other proposition.
2. an argument or theme, esp. when indicated in a heading.
3. a word or phrase that is glossed; headword.
[1560–70; < Latin: theme, epigram < Greek lêmma something received, premise, derivative of lambánein to take]
n., pl. lem•mas.
the tough, sometimes leathery lower bract of the pair of bracts surrounding the floral parts in a grass spikelet.
[1745–55; < Greek lémma shell, husk, derivative of lépein to peel]
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|Noun||1.||lemma - a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition|
proposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
|2.||lemma - the lower and stouter of the two glumes immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae|
glume - small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae
|3.||lemma - the heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry|
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lemma[ˈlemə] (lemmas or lemmata (pl)) [ˈlemətə] N → lema m
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lemmapl <-s or -ta>
n (Ling) → Lemma nt
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