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#125646 - 03/21/04 01:52 PM lemma  
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Date: Sat Jun 20 00:04:24 EDT 1998
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--lemma
lemma (LEM-uh) noun [plural lemmas or lemmata (LEM-uh-tuh)]

1. A subsidiary proposition assumed to be valid and used to demonstrate a principal proposition.

2. A theme, an argument, or a subject indicated in a title.

3. A word or phrase treated in a glossary or similar listing.

[Latin lemma, from Greek, from lambanein, to take.]

lemma (LEM-uh) noun

Botany. The outer or lower of the two bracts that enclose the flower in
a grass spikelet.

[Greek, husk, from lepein, to peel.]

I also remember calculus prof using "lemma" as name for
a small part of a proof, similar to an axiom in geometry.

#125647 - 03/22/04 03:26 PM Re: lemma  
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I mainly know lemma as a term in lexicography. It's the form of a word used to mark an entry: e.g., in English we use the singular form of a noun or the infinitival form of a verb (sans 'to'). In Latin, the nominative and geneitive singulars of nouns are used: the former for the entry proper, and the latter for determining which declension the noun belongs to.

#125648 - 03/22/04 03:38 PM In Portuguese...  
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lower upstate New York
lema means "motto."

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