noun, plural codices [koh-duh-seez, kod-uh-] .
a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
Archaic. a code; book of statutes.

1575–85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code Unabridged
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codex (ˈkəʊdɛks)
n , pl codices
1.  a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
2.  obsolete a legal code
[C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book]

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"manuscript volume (especially an ancient one)," 1845, see code.
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Example sentences
But they don't really fit the definition of a codex.
And as the devices have quickly accrued some of the same prestige as the old codex menus.
The codex in turn became the printed book, for which the term is not used.
The codex was an improvement over the scroll in several ways.
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