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Noun: lemma (lemmas,lemmata)  le-mu
  1. A subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition
     
  2. The lower and stouter of the two glumes immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae
    - flowering glume
     
  3. The heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry

Derived forms: lemmas, lemmata

Type of: glume, head, header, heading, proposition

Encyclopedia: Lemma