Amanuensis'

amanuensis

[uh-man-yoo-en-sis]
noun, plural amanuenses [uh-man-yoo-en-seez] .
a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin (servus) āmanuēnsis, equivalent to ā- a-4 + manu-, stem of manus hand + -ēnsis -ensis

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amanuensis (əˌmænjʊˈɛnsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts
 
[C17: from Latin āmanuensis, from the phrase servus ā manū slave at hand (that is, handwriting)]

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amanuensis
"one who takes dictation," 1610s, from L. amanuensis, from servus a manu "secretary," lit. "servant from the hand," from a "from" + manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual).
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