Definition of lemma
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LNS
lemma, lemmatis
lemma
λῆμμα
noun (n., 3rd Greek declension)
  1. a subject for consideration or explanation, a theme, matter, subject, contents
  2. The title
  3. The epigram
  4. A story, tale
  5. The assumption or lemma
Abbreviations
lemma, atis, n., = λῆμμα, a subject for consideration or explanation, a theme, matter, subject, contents (not ante-Aug.; in Cic. only written as Greek). Lit.: lemma sibi sumpsit, quod ego interdum versibus ludo, Plin. Ep. 4, 27, 3.

— Transf. The title of an epigram, because it indicates the subject: lemmata si quaeris, cur sint ascripta, docebo: Ut si malueris lemmata sola legas, Mart. 14, 2, 1; Aus. Parent. praef.

— The epigram itself: si mihi ex hoc ipso lemmate secundus versus occurrerit, Plin. Ep. 4, 27, 3: consumpta est uno si lemmate pagina, transis, Mart. 10, 59, 1.

— A story, tale: nutricis lemmata, nursery-tales, Aus. Ep. 16, 90.

— The assumption or lemma of a syllogism: est vitium insidiosum et sub falsa lemmatis specie latens, Gell. 9, 16, 7; v. sumptio.
 
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