Definitions

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.

Etymologies

Latin, stem, lineage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stirps ("rootstock, stem"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Weldon's extensive comparative field work on variation in populations of the common shore crab Carcinus moenas in Plymouth, England, and Naples, Italy, resulted in a series of landmark studies between 1893 and 1898, in which the two utilized Pearson's statistical methods to develop a new way of analyzing the inheritance of variation that made no a priori commitment to the causal agency of germ plasms, “stirps,” or pangens

    Evolution

  • Agricolae manu vulta stirps tam diuturna, quam quae poetae, versu seminari potest, no plant can grow so long as that which is ingenio sata, set and manured by those ever-living wits.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • But for democracies, they need it not; and they are commonly more quiet, and less subject to sedition, than where there are stirps of nobles.

    The Essays

  • August 31st, 2006 at 1: 36 am tooth whitening stirps says: tooth whitening stirps

    Think Progress » UPDATE: Leak Scandal Continues To Grow

  • Etymology: Latin exstirpatus, past participle of exstirpare, from ex - + stirp -, stirps trunk, root -- more at TORPID

    What we can get in Mexico

  • He was a Jew and circumcised; for they have some few stirps of Jews yet remaining among them, whom they leave to their own religion.

    The New Atlantis

  • Arabians, so as almost all nations of might and fame re sorted hither; of whom we have some stirps and little tribes with us at this day.

    The New Atlantis

  • -- Ed. [110] ShJ+X+ Frutex, stirps; a shrub -- "cujus pulluli in summa tellure expatiantur," -- "whose shoots are spread abroad over the surface of the earth."

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • The Medicis (stirps quasi fataliter nata ad instauranda vel fovenda studia (Lipsius ad Germanos et Galles, Epist. viii.)) were illustrated by the patronage of learning; and enthusiasm was the most formidable weapon of their adversaries.

    Memoirs of My Life and Writings

  • Borgia stirps: bos: atque Ceres transcendit Olympo,

    Lucretia Borgia According to Original Documents and Correspondence of Her Day

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