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n. pl. stem·ma·ta (stĕm′ə-tə) or stem·mas
1. A scroll recording the genealogy of an ancient Roman family; a family tree.
2. A record or diagram showing the relationships of the manuscripts of a literary work.
3. A simple eye present in certain insect larvae.

[Latin stemma, stemmat-, from Greek, garland, from stephein, to encircle.]
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(Heraldry) a family tree; pedigree
[C19: via Latin from Greek stemma garland, wreath, from stephein to crown, wreathe]
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(oʊˈsɛl əs)

n., pl. o•cel•li (oʊˈsɛl aɪ)
1. the simple eye of many invertebrates, consisting of retinal cells, pigments, and nerve fibers.
2. an eyelike spot, as on a peacock feather.
[1810–20; < Latin: little eye, diminutive of oculus eye; see -elle]
o•cel′lar, adj.
oc•el•lat•ed (ˈɒs əˌleɪ tɪd, oʊˈsɛl eɪ tɪd) oc•el•late (ˈɒs əˌleɪt, oʊˈsɛl ɪt, -eɪt) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stemma - a tree diagram showing a reconstruction of the transmission of manuscripts of a literary work
tree diagram, tree - a figure that branches from a single root; "genealogical tree"
2.stemma - the descendants of one individualstemma - the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, family line, sept, folk, family - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
side - a family line of descent; "he gets his brains from his father's side"
family tree, genealogy - successive generations of kin
3.stemma - an eye having a single lens
eye, oculus, optic - the organ of sight
ommatidium - any of the numerous small cone-shaped eyes that make up the compound eyes of some arthropods
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2039 Moore St., $15,400 to install 2 walk-in coolers/freezers - Stemma. Contractor: Jared Murphy.
Other contributors concerned with single witness texts clarify authorship, establish a manuscript stemma, work with codigological issues, and also make foundational contributions to the poetic tradition in which they are working.
Meanwhile in 2018 Stemma Management plans to complete the reconstruction of an old administrative building on the former site of Klaipedos Kranai (Verslo Biurai 103) and offer about 2,500 square metres of retail and office premises to the market.
STEMMA A A family tree B Cross-timber in a shaft C Peg of whisky and soda who am I?
Anna Skolimowska begins with a discussion of one of the most important sources for this project, Files H.154 and H.155 in the Uppsala University Library, including a stemma that illustrates the links between the originals and the main copy books that is extremely useful for anyone who wants to navigate through this material.
El rastreo de las retraducciones entre lenguas, de las refundiciones y su compleja filiacion permiten construir un completo stemma de cada una de las obras, desde los arquetipos probables hasta sus versiones extremas en los siglos XV-XVIII, permitiendo alzar una verdadera cartografia (diatopica y a la vez diacronica) europea.
It is doubtful that such a tiny sample of thirty-three lines could provide any further information to aid the construction of a stemma that already seems elusive.