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(plurallemmata)

A heading or title, especially in a glossary (see gloss), textual commentary, footnote, or dictionary. So in a dictionary such as this one, the word or phrase appearing in bold type at the start of each entry is the lemma (or ‘headword’), and the remainder of the entry is the commentary upon it. Adjective: lemmatical or lemmatic.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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