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 for stemma
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stemma \Stem"ma\, n.; pl. Stemmata. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, pl. ?, a
     garland or chaplet.] (Zool.)
     (a) One of the ocelli of an insect. See Ocellus.
     (b) One of the facets of a compound eye of any arthropod.
         [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  stemma
      n 1: a tree diagram showing a reconstruction of the transmission
           of manuscripts of a literary work
      2: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has
         been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent,
         descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree,
         ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
      3: an eye having a single lens [syn: simple eye, stemma,
         ocellus]

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