from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of descendants of common ancestry; stock.
- n. Law A person from whom a family is descended.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A branch of a family.
- n. A progenitor of a branch of a family.
- n. A superfamily of animals or plants.
- n. Plural form of stirp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Stock; race; family.
- n. A race, or a fixed and permanent variety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Race; lineage; family; in law, the person from whom a family is descended. See per stirpes, under per.
- n. 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.
- n. In botany, a race or permanent variety.
Latin, stem, lineage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stirps ("rootstock, stem"). (Wiktionary)