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n. pl. stir·pes (stûr′pēz)
1. A line of descendants of common ancestry; stock.
2. Law A person from whom a family is descended.
[Latin, stem, lineage.]
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n, pl stirpes (ˈstɜːpiːz)
1. (Heraldry) genealogy a line of descendants from an ancestor; stock or strain
2. (Botany) botany a race or variety, esp one in which the characters are maintained by cultivation
[C17: from Latin: root, family origin]
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n., pl. stir•pes (ˈstɜr piz)
1. a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent.
2. Law. a person from whom a family is descended.
[1675–85; < Latin: rootstock, trunk]
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