/stɜps/ (say sterps)

noun (plural stirpes /ˈstɜpiz/ (say 'sterpeez))
1. a stock; a family, or a branch of a family; a line of descent.
2. Law a person from whom a family is descended.
{Latin: stem, root, stock}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Stirps — Stirps, n.; pl. {Stirpes}. [L., stem, stock.] 1. (Law) Stock; race; family. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A race, or a fixed and permanent variety. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stirps — I index ancestry, family (common ancestry) II index issue (progeny), lineage …   Law dictionary

  • Stirps — (röm. Ant.), Zweig, Unterabtheilung einer Familie, s.u. Gens …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Stirps — (lat.), der Stamm, das Geschlecht (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • stirps — [stʉrps] n. pl. stirpes [stʉr′pēz΄] [L, lit., a stalk, trunk, root < IE base * ster , rigid, stiff, STARE] 1. family or branch of a family 2. Law the person from whom a family or branch of a family is descended …   English World dictionary

  • stirps — /sterrps/, n., pl. stirpes /sterr peez/. 1. a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent. 2. Law. a person from whom a family is descended. 3. Biol. Now Rare. a family, superfamily, or permanent variety. [1675 85; < L: rootstock, trunk] …   Universalium

  • stirps — noun a) A branch of a family. b) A progenitor of a branch of a family. See Also: stirp, stirpes …   Wiktionary

  • stirps — Synonyms and related words: affiliation, animal kingdom, apparentation, birth, blood, bloodline, branch, breed, brood, clan, class, common ancestry, consanguinity, deme, derivation, descent, direct line, distaff side, extraction, family, female… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stirps — stÉœrps /stɜːps n. family, line of descent; ancestor of a family (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stirps — [[t]stɜrps[/t]] n. pl. stir•pes [[t]ˈstɜr piz[/t]] 1) a stock; family or branch of a family; line of descent 2) law Law. a person from whom a family is descended • Etymology: 1675–85; < L: rootstock, trunk …   From formal English to slang

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