chrestomathy

chrestomathy

[kres-tom-uh-thee]
noun, plural chrestomathies.
a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and especially from a foreign language.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin chrestomathia < Greek chrēstomátheia, equivalent to chrēstó(s) useful (chrēs-, stem of chrêsthai to use + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + math- (variant stem of manthánein to learn) + -eia -y3

chrestomathic [kres-tuh-math-ik] , adjective
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chrestomathy (krɛsˈtɒməθɪ)
 
n , pl -thies
rare a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language
 
[C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn]
 
chrestomathic
 
adj

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