Pronunciation: (stûrps), [key]
—pl. stir•pesPronunciation: (stûr'pēz). [key]
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.
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