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anthology

[an-thol-uh-jee] /ænˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural anthologies.
1.
a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject:
an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy.
2.
a collection of selected writings by one author.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin anthologia < Greek: collection of poems, literally, gathering of flowers, equivalent to anthológ(os) flower-gathering (antho- antho- + -logos, adj. derivative of légein to pick up, collect) + -ia -ia
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anthological
[an-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
anthologically, adverb
anthologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anthologically

anthology

/ænˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
a collection of literary passages or works, esp poems, by various authors
2.
any printed collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc
Derived Forms
anthological (ˌænθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
anthologist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin anthologia, from Greek, literally: a flower gathering, from anthos flower + legein to collect
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Word Origin and History for anthologically

anthology

n.

1630s, "collection of poetry," from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia "collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors," literally "flower-gathering," from anthos "a flower" (see anther) + logia "collection, collecting," from legein "gather" (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, "flowers" of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.

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