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lemma , ătis, n., = λῆμμα,
I.a subject for consideration or explanation, a theme, matter, subject, contents (not ante-Aug.; in Cic. only written as Greek).
II. Transf.
A. 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.—
C. A story, tale: “nutricis lemmata,nursery-tales, Aus. Ep. 16, 90.—
D. 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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