analects

analects

[an-l-ekts]
plural noun
selected passages from the writings of an author or of different authors.
Also, analecta [an-l-ek-tuh] .


Origin:
1615–25; < Latin analecta < Greek análekta, neuter plural of análektos (verbal adjective of analégein to pick up, gather up), equivalent to ana- ana- + -lek- gather (variant of -leg-) + -tos verbal adjective suffix

analectic, adjective
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analects or analecta (ˈænəˌlɛkts, ˌænəˈlɛktə)
 
pl n
selected literary passages from one or more works
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather]
 
analecta or analecta
 
pl n
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek analekta, from analegein to collect up, from legein to gather]
 
ana'lectic or analecta
 
adj

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analects
1650s, "literary gleanings," from Gk. analekta, lit. "things chosen," neut. pl. of analektos "select, choice," verbal adj. of analegein "to gather up, collect," from ana- "up" + legein "to gather," also "to choose words," hence "to speak" (see lecture).
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