Meaning of lemma

lem•ma

Pronunciation: (lem'u), [key]
— pl. lem•mas, lem•ma•ta
  1. a subsidiary proposition introduced in proving some other proposition; a helping theorem.
  2. an argument, theme, or subject, esp. when indicated in a heading.
  3. a word or phrase that is glossed; headword.

lem•ma

Pronunciation: (lem'u), [key]
— pl. lem•mas.
  1. a bract in a grass spikelet just below the pistil and stamens.
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