One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Among the branches of a family in equal shares, the share of each branch being subdivided equally among the members of that branch. Opposed to per capita.
Designating (a share of) an inheritance divided per stirpes; that has received such a share.
Late 17th century. From classical Latin per per + stirpēs, accusative plural of stirps.
per stirpes/pəː ˈstəːpiːz/
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