viva voce

viva voce

[vahy-vuh voh-see, vee-vuh]
by word of mouth; orally.
Also, viva. (in British and European universities) the oral part of an examination.

1555–65; < Medieval Latin vīvā vōce with living voice, Latin, ablative of vīva vōx

viva-voce, adjective Unabridged
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viva voce (ˈvaɪvə ˈvəʊtʃɪ)
adv, —adj
1.  by word of mouth
n, —vb
2.  the full form of viva
[C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: with living voice]

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viva voce
also viva-voce, "by word of mouth," 1580s, from L., lit. "living-voice," abl. of viva vox.
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