Dictionary Definition
lemma
Noun
1 a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be
true in order to prove another proposition
2 the lower and stouter of the two glumes
immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae [syn: flowering
glume]
3 the head of an annotation or gloss [also:
lemmata (pl)]
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English
Etymology
From sc=Grek.Pronunciation

 Rhymes: ɛmə
Noun
 A proposition proved or accepted for immediate use in the proof of some other proposition.
 linguistics usually A canonical form of a term, particularly in the context of highly inflected languages.
 linguistics less frequently A lexeme; all the inflected forms of a term.
Related terms
Translations
mathematics: proposition used mainly in the
proof of some other proposition
 Czech: lemma
liguistics: canonical form of a term
 Czech: lemma
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Noun
Extensive Definition
Lemma may refer to:
 Lemma (mathematics), a proven statement used as a steppingstone toward the proof of another statement
 Lemma (linguistics), the canonical form of a word
 Lemma (logic), which is simultaneously a premise for a contention above it and a contention for premises below it
 Lemma (botany), one of the specialised bracts enclosing a floret in a grass inflorescence
 "Shadowing lemma", a fictional animal in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, which exists in only 2 dimensions and eats mathematicians
Misspellings:
 Analemma, the curve traced out by the sun over the course of a year, and the phenomenon may be used as a clock or calendar
 Morris Iemma (Note: spelling with a capital i), current premier of the Australian state of New South Wales
lemma in Czech: Lemma
lemma in German: Lemma
lemma in Modern Greek (1453): Λήμμα
lemma in French: Lemme
lemma in Ido: Lemo
lemma in Italian: Lemma (disambigua)
lemma in Luxembourgish: Lemma
lemma in Dutch: Lemma
lemma in Simple English:
Lemma