Meanings

1.
stemming, supporting, putting down firmly, a solid stem
(Notable English members of this family are "step", "staff", "stamp", "staple" and "stump". The word "stem", though similar in meaning, is likely not related directly.)
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Word Family

Root: *stebh-

The core idea of this root was:

stemming, putting down firmly, a solid stem

The theme is definitely a bit vague, but we can see aspects of it in the English offspring

  • step (putting down the foot)
  • staff (putting down a walking aid)
  • staple (originally, this could be a pillar or tree trunk and even a stairstep – basically something you can rest on.)
  • stamp (“put down firmly”)

The word stem, even though it would fit right in here, does not belong to this family and instead comes from a different root.

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