lemma

Definitions of lemma
  1. noun
    a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition
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    type of:
    proposition
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
  2. noun
    the heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry
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    type of:
    head, header, heading
    a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about
  3. noun
    the lower and stouter of the two glumes immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae
    synonyms: flowering glume
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    type of:
    glume
    small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae
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