Definition of stemma in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstemə/ /ˈstɛmə/


  • 1A recorded genealogy of a family; a family tree.

    pedigree, ancestry, descent, lineage, line, line of descent, family tree, extraction, derivation, origin, heritage, parentage, paternity, birth, family, dynasty, house, race, strain, stock, breed, blood, bloodline, history, background, roots
    1. 1.1A diagram showing the relationship between a text and its various manuscript versions.


Mid 17th century via Latin from Greek stemma ‘wreath’, from stephein ‘wreathe, crown’.