tractate

tractate

[trak-teyt]
noun
a treatise; essay.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tractātus, Latin: handling, treatment, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, treat (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -tus suffix of v. action

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tractate (ˈtrækteɪt)
 
n
1.  a short tract; treatise
2.  Judaism one of the volumes of the Talmud
 
[C15: from Latin tractātus, from tractāre to handle; see tractable]

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